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Touching moment deaf Overwatch streamer ranks in the top 500

Published: 8/Apr/2019 13:20 Updated: 8/Apr/2019 14:25

by David Purcell

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A deaf Overwatch player couldn’t believe his eyes after it was confirmed that he had smashed his way into the Top 500 rankings. 

The Twitch streamer, who goes by the name of MaxGaming76_OW on the platform, broadcasted what turned out to be a really emotional moment for the player on April 7. 

His clip has since reached over 55,000 views – at the time of writing – and Maxim has received overwhelming support from the game’s online community on Reddit. 

Blizzard EntertainmentDeaf Overwatch player Maxim was playing as Moira just before his achievement was revealed.

The short video, as seen below, is by far the most popular moment ever clipped on his channel. The Ukrainian gamer broke down in shock, after it was revealed that he had been placed 482nd in the world. 

After scrolling through the rankings, he eventually found his gamertag – Maxim76 – and took a moment to process what he had achieved. 

Many users on Reddit pointed out that not being able to hear sounds in Overwatch may put Maxim at a disadvantage, but it hasn’t stopped him – and other players – from succeeding on the team-based multiplayer so far. 

“This is really inspiring to me,” one redditor posted. “If you asked me before I saw this I’d say it is impossible. Good for you dude.” 

“Not only is communication and listening a big part of team play, it also really helps to hear ultimates (voice lines) among other things,” another wrote. “Impressive stuff.” 

Another inspirational story

Maxim is not alone with his inspiring story, though, as a deaf 13-year old girl who streams Fortnite has also been surging in popularity on Twitch. Ewokttv has over 90,000 followers at the time of writing and has achieved tremendous success streaming under the title of ‘Pro Deaf Gamer Girl’. 

Hopefully these success stories will inspire players to strive for their full potential, no matter what challenges they may face. 

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.