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Shanghai Dragons Director says Blizzard can do more to stop Overwatch toxicity

Published: 12/Jan/2019 20:44 Updated: 13/Jan/2019 0:36

by Vincent Genova

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Michael “Irvine Panda” thinks Blizzard can do more in preventing the toxicity found in some Overwatch lobbies.

“Some of the most horrible, sexist and racist things I’ve heard were from in-game and voice chat [in Overwatch],” said Michael, who is the Operations Director for the Shanghai Dragons Overwatch League team.

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Part of his concern is the amount of minors playing the game, which is rated “Teen” in the United States and “12” in Europe. Michael thinks Blizzard can do a better job policing the in-game behavior of it’s community, saying “I think Blizzard can to do more to control toxicity especially with many minors playing OW.”

The Shanghai Director’s comments come at a time of debate in the Overwatch community, set off by the “Ellie” story of a male OW prospect pretending to be a woman on a different account.

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The incident has brought to light broader issues like toxicity in online gaming and the lack of women in esports.

Overwatch streamer and former pro xQc, no stranger to controversy himself, called out gaming culture for “bottlenecking” women trying to become professional esport players.

Blizzard has not indicated changes are on the way for how they ban players or control toxicity, but they did explain how the fake Ellie account almost joined an Overwatch Contenders team.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.