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The Los Angeles Gladiators Have Surprising Predictions for the Overwatch League Playoffs

Published: 17/Jul/2018 2:26 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 17:39

by Joe O'Brien

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The LA Gladiators were asked to predict the rest of the Overwatch League playoffs, and their answers weren’t as most viewers might expect.

At the post-match press conference following their defeat in the quarter-finals, members of the Gladiators uniformly picked the Los Angeles Valiant to win the Overwatch League.

Many also predicted that the Philadelphia Fusion would be the Valiant’s opponent in the finals. None entertained the idea that the London Spitfire would win their semi-final against the Valiant, and none backed the New York Excelsior to take the trophy.

Most notable is the apparent lack of faith in the New York Excelsior, who have been the dominant force in the league for most of the season. By the time the Excelsior had secured the number one seed in the playoffs they had lost only three regular season matches, winning two stage titles along the way, and only began to appear vulnerable after establishing that insurmountable lead in the standings.

Despite this, it seems that the Gladiators do not expect the same unstoppable force to appear in the playoffs, suggesting that they’re anticipating that the Excelsior’s vulnerability of the end of Stage 4 will carry through to the playoffs.

For the Valiant’s part, they will first have to defeat the London Spitfire before facing either Philadelphia Fusion or New York Excelsior in the finals. The Gladiators all appeared confident that the Valiant would win no matter which advanced to the final.

The Gladiators themselves were favored to win their quarter-final against London Spitfire, which would have resulted in them facing the LA Valiant in the semi-finals. The Gladiators got out to a good start in the quarter-final match, dominating the first series 3-0, but the Spitfire came back hard in the remaining series with consecutive 3-0 wins of their own to advance.

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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.