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The First Two Overwatch League Expansion Teams Are Nearly Confirmed

Published: 27/Jul/2018 6:30 Updated: 27/Jul/2018 8:25

by Joe O'Brien

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The first two expansion teams for Season Two of the Overwatch League have been reported.

According to a report by ESPN, Blizzard is close to finalizing deals for franchises based in Paris, France, and Guangzhou, China.

The Paris spot will apparently be sold to McCourt Global, owners of the Olympique de Marseille soccer team, while the Nenking Group, the ownership group of the Guangzhou Long-Lions Chinese Basketball Association team, is set to buy the Guangzhou spot.

Both teams would be the second in their respective regions, with Season One of the league featuring the London Spitfire as the only European representatives, and the Shanghai Dragons as the only Chinese team.

Though these are the first details of specific expansion teams, it has previously been reported that Blizzard will look to add up to six new teams for Season Two of the league. These teams will join the twelve that competed in the inaugural season, which concludes with the grand finals between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion on July 27-28.

To buy-in for Season One of the Overwatch League reportedly cost up to $20 million, but after an opening season that exceeded expectations in every metric Blizzard will apparently seek $30-60 million for Season Two, depending on a number of factors. These include competition for the spot, Overwatch player density and general population in the location.

Season Two of the Overwatch is expected to kick off in early 2019, but all new expansion teams will need to be confirmed by September 9 2018 at the latest, as that is the date on which the free agent signing window for new teams opens.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.