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Seagull, Dafran, more react to Sinatraa quitting Overwatch for Valorant

Published: 29/Apr/2020 6:20 Updated: 29/Apr/2020 19:10

by Brad Norton


Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won made waves with his shocking transition from the Overwatch League to Valorant in an April 28 announcement. Here’s how some of the biggest names in Overwatch, and the wider esports industry, responded to the news.

After a dominant 2019 season with the San Francisco Shock, one that landed him the Overwatch League MVP award, Sinatraa announced his transition to Valorant in the midst of the 2020 season.

The departure of Shock’s biggest personality, and one of the faces of competitive Overwatch, came as a major shock to much of the esports industry. The game he’s swapping to, Valorant, is still in its Closed Beta period. Here’s how some of the biggest gaming stars reacted to the news.

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Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Sinatraa claimed the 2019 Overwatch League MVP award after a dominant season with the Shock.

Overwatch veterans react to Sinatraa’s announcement

A number of current and former OWL pros chimed in to commend last season’s MVP on his bold move. “Sadly won’t be the only player from OWL doing that,” Dallas Fuel’s Dylan ‘AKM’ Bignet hinted.

“Sinatraa was one of the best players in Overwatch till the end, absolute legend,” Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca said. “Can’t wait to watch him pop off in Valorant.”

Many of his peers chimed in with supportive comments or witty remarks. “Does OWL MVP now stand for Most Valorant Player?” Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned joked. However, others who departed from the Overwatch scene looked deeper into the impact of the announcement.

“Totally healthy for an esport’s reigning MVP and face of the league to leave mid-season for a game without any esports scene,” Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles expressed.

Could Sinatraa’s transition be the first of many for OWL players?

Former Houston Outlaws General Manager Matt ‘Flame’ Rodriguez argued that Hero Pools may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

“I have no insight here other than my own experience and thoughts but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say players probably feel like it is increasingly difficult to play any heroes at the peak of their capability when they are banned in and out every week.”

With various heroes unplayable throughout certain weeks of competition, Sinatraa was limited in what he could practice. Moving into Valorant, however, he has the freedom to practice and grind however he sees fit.

“Putting all that time into Overwatch for the past years must have you excited for this next step in your career,” former Overwatch pro turned Valorant player Lucas ‘Mendo’ Håkansson expressed.

Joining forces with the likes of former Apex Legends pros, and CSGO veterans, Sinatraa has already found himself a new home with the Sentinels.

While Valorant may still be in its Closed Beta period, countless pros around the world are preparing already. With players transitioning from Overwatch, Apex, and more, it’s clear that many are ready to give it their all in Riot’s upcoming FPS.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.