Seagull explains why he won’t touch Overwatch in the current meta - Dexerto
Overwatch

Seagull explains why he won’t touch Overwatch in the current meta

Published: 23/Sep/2019 0:26 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 5:34

by Brad Norton

Share


Former pro and one of the most prominent voices in the Overwatch community, Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, has shared his take on the current Overwatch meta and explained why he’s no longer playing the game.

Hot off the heels of the GOATS meta, Overwatch players have recently been treated to a competitive hero shooter full of shield abilities that strongly punish fan-favorite DPS heroes and compositions. 

With the introduction of the latest tank hero Sigma, and the implementation of 2-2-2 Role Lock, queue times have been absurdly long and many popular Twitch streamers have been turning away from the title as a result.

Formerly an Overwatch League pro under the Dallas Fuel banners, Seagull earned his stripes as one of the first break-out stars in the competitive Overwatch scene. 

Despite often being viewed as a beacon of positivity and remaining one of the most pragmatic veterans in the community, in a September 22 stream, Seagull explained why he will no longer play the game in its current state.

Put bluntly, he opens the topic of conversation by expressing that “the meta’s dogsh*t. I don’t want to play it.”

Detailing the tribulations of trying to find a game in the current meta, Seagull explains that if he’s going to play Overwatch, he’s going to “play approximately one gamer per hour.”

“One game per hour and it’s double shield Sigma. What do I even do about that? I would love to play the game but the meta sucks.”

Blizzard - Overwatch LeagueSeagull on the Overwatch League stage for Dallas Fuel in the 2018 season.

Encountering similar issues to other former pro’s and many popular streamers, he states that “last time I tried to play Overwatch, my queue time was 45 minutes long and I haven’t even finished my placements.”

“I used to be DPS 4500/4600, those queue times would be multiple hours long. You literally can’t even get games as DPS.”

Discussing the current meta, he expressed that with Lucio, Moira, Sigma, and Orisa leading the charge in virtually every competitive lobby, he’d “rather just not play. I’ll just wait for the next patch,” he concludes.

Met with much backlash of late, the current state of Overwatch has led numerous streamers to opt-out of playing the game entirely, and even willed certain streamers to flesh out a huge list of supposed issues facing the title today.

Overwatch

Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

Share


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
Epic Games
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.