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USA and Canada Dominate Overwatch World Cup Los Angeles Qualifier – Final Placements

Published: 10/Sep/2018 11:38 Updated: 10/Sep/2018 11:42

by Joe O'Brien

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The Los Angeles Qualifier for the 2018 Overwatch World Cup has concluded.

Six national squads travelled to the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, California, on September 7-9 for the second of four group stages for this year’s World Cup.

Only two spots were available in the World Cup playoffs, which will take place at Blizzcon on November 2-3.

Coming into the qualifier Team USA and Team Canada were the heavy favorites, and they each managed to secure a spot at Blizzcon, between them only conceding a single game to any of the other four teams. 

The headline match of the qualifier between the USA and Canada was the very last series, which USA ultimately took 3-1 to secure the top seed.

USA and Canada join South Korea and Finland as teams confirmed so far for the playoffs. The final four spots will be determined by the Bangkok qualifier and the Paris qualifier, taking place on September 14-16 and September 21-23 respectively.

The final placements from the Los Angeles Qualifier:

  • 1st
    – USA – Playoffs + $15,000
  • 2nd
    – Canada – Playoffs + $15,000
  • 3rd
    – Brazil – $15,000
  • 4th
    – Norway – $15,000
  • 5th
    – Austria – $15,000
  • 6th
    – Switzerland – $15,000

Though the playoff spots were ultimately locked up by the favorites, the other attending teams did show off some impressive play – especially considering that many featured players who aren’t competing full-time – with the representatives of Brazil in particular turning heads.

The Overwatch World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring players from less popular regions to showcase their talents. With eight new teams joining the Overwatch League for Season Two, players who perform well now could well find themselves scouted for either the league or a Contenders team in a region with a higher profile. Dallas Fuel’s Mickie famously got his shot after impressing as part of Team Thailand in the 2016 World Cup.

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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.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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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.