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xQc suggests a new Twitch feature in classic xQc fashion

Published: 11/Jan/2019 18:03 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 18:21

by Joe O'Brien

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Streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel suggested a new feature he’d like to see Twitch implement.

During his return to streaming Overwatch, xQc had an idea for a new feature he’d like on the broadcasting platform.

xQc’s suggestion was that Twitch enable viewers to control the relative volumes of different audios coming in from the streamer, so that they’d be able to decide how loud they wanted the gameplay, for instance, relative to the streamer’s voice.

While this might require some third-party co-operation such that separate audio feeds reached Twitch, rather than a single audio feed balanced however the broadcaster’s set-up determined, it would enable viewers with hearing difficulties, for instance, to tune in to the element they were most interested in – perhaps the voice chat of the streamer themselves – by minimizing other sounds.

Of course, in true xQc fashion, his reasoning for why this feature would be useful included some trash-talking of the hypothetical streamer in question.

“So if the streamer sucks, if he’s a little bitch, but he’s very good, you just put him at zero volume and put his music all the way up,” he said with a thumbs up.

The technical feasibility of such an idea is something only Twitch can answer, although the concept itself does raise questions about whether more interactivity for viewers might be the future of streaming.

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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.