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The Final Overwatch League Season Two Expansion Teams Have Been Reported

Published: 5/Sep/2018 16:46 Updated: 5/Sep/2018 16:49

by Joe O'Brien

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The final two spots in Season Two of the Overwatch League have reportedly been sold.

According to a report by ESPN, the final expansion spots in the Overwatch League for the upcoming season will be based in Chengdu, China, and Vancouver, Canada.

Chinese streaming platform Huya will own the Chengdu franchise, while the Vancouver spot will reportedly be owned by Aquilini Investment Group, owner of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, which is the parent group of the Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks. The Rogers Arena recently played host to DotA 2’s The International 8, the first esports event to be held there.

These two teams would bring the total number of teams for Season Two of the Overwatch League up to twenty, Blizzard’s goal according to a previous ESPN report. The same report revealed that teams based in Hangzhou, China and Washington, D.C. had also been sold.

These would join teams based in Atlanta (Georgia, USA) Guangzhou (China), Toronto (Canada), and Paris (France) as expansion teams for Season Two, a total of eight new additions to the League. So far, only the Atlanta and Guangzhou franchises have been officially announced.

Spots in the League for Season Two have reportedly been sold for $30-60 million, depending on several factors including the Overwatch player-base and general population in each location. After a successful debut season the buy-in is a significant increase from the reported $20 million price-tag for spots in Season One.

The new franchises will be able to start building their rosters from September 9, when an exclusive free agent signing window opens for expansion teams. From October 8, all Overwatch League teams will be able to sign free agents, and all teams will need to have a minimum eight-man roster by December 8.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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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.

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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.