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USA Today to shut down Overwatch esports site “Overwatch Wire”

Published: 15/Oct/2018 20:12 Updated: 15/Oct/2018 20:34

by Bill Cooney


Layoffs in the Overwatch League offseason have seemed to happen all over, and now USA Today’s Overwatch esports site, The Overwatch Wire, will be closing down too.

Overwatch Wire, which put out interviews and coverage of the Overwatch League and Overwatch in general, was started at the beginning of the Overwatch League inaugural season. 


The reason for the site’s closure isn’t yet known, but some have speculated that USA Today failed to understand how to retain views or monetize esports content with the sport bigger than ever.

One of the site’s senior editors, Tatjana Vejnovic, wrote on Twitter that “as of November 5 I will be a freelancer.” Indicating a potential shut-down date for the website, which is still active at the time of writing.


Vejnovic gave no reason for the site’s shutdown but said she and the group of volunteer freelance contributors who helped her with the site were glad to have been given the opportunity.

It’s not clear what, if anything, will take Overwatch Wire’s place after the site closes down and if USA Today’s coverage of the Overwatch League will continue.

Overwatch League’s second season is set to start in 2019, but there will be at least one less media outlet covering the action next season.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.