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Seagull shares his thoughts on burnout in the Overwatch community

Published: 8/Nov/2018 18:45 Updated: 8/Nov/2018 18:59

by Bill Cooney

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During his first stream back after being sick for a while, Overwatch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Lanred talked about the current state of the online community in the wake of streamer Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca’s departure from the game. 

Some of the biggest problems, in Seagull’s mind, are Overwatch’s declining number of streamers and content creators, along with the lack of a place to talk about the actual game.

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“The weird part about it is: people don’t talk about the game anymore,” Seagull told viewers. “There are probably less than ten Overwatch Youtubers, the only other places for discussions in most games is one: Reddit, two: Youtube, three: Twitch.”

“Well, turns out most of the Twitch streamers are quitting, or already quit,” he added. “Dafran just quit Overwatch League, I don’t know. Youtubers? There’s a very small Youtuber community for Overwatch, there’s probably like what, ten or less?”

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The former Overwatch League pro also criticized the current state of the Overwatch subreddit, “And then on Reddit, ok cool, we have r/Overwatch which is bronze play of the game gifs, then you have Competitive Overwatch which is just following the latest esports drama.”

The streamer clarified later on he wasn’t critisicing the developers or anyone in particular, he was just wondering in general, “Who talks about the game anymore?”

Seagull told fans he would be coming out with a video on his full thoughts on the matter in a few days, and was even hesitant to share his feelings on stream because of the chance they would be taken out of context.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

OW 2 code in Battle.net
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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.