Overwatch reveals its plans to improve its e-sports viewing experience

Are you a lurker, a spectator, a lookie-loo when it comes to Overwatch? For fans of the game who love to watch matches yet have a hard time following the frantic fighting, Blizzard has a few projects in the works to help out.

“Probably the top thing we hear on the development team is that sometimes watching Overwatch e-sports can be very challenging to follow the action and know what’s going on,” Game Director Jeff Kaplan says in the team’s most recent vlog. “So for the past few months, the Overwatch team has been extremely dedicated to working on a number of features to improve the viewing experience for all of us.”

These improvements include team uniforms (in both home and away versions), team color schemes that will be used in tracer rounds and explosions, an interactive map to show all of the action at once, a third-person smart camera, replays from the kill feed, and an automated tournament interface for organizers.

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Grave Knight

“Would be nice if Overwatch revealed its plans to improve it’s gameplay experience instead.”
-Said every D.Va, Doomfist, Mei, and Bastion main.

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Alex Js.

Silly Blizzard, still trying (and failing) to make OW into something it shouldn’t (and never will) be – a “popular e-sports competitive game”, instead of focusing on it being more “fun” for all kind of people + with much less “toxic” environment… Both of which (“more fun” + “less toxicity”) are very easy to achieve – all they have to do is to double player count (so it wouldn’t matter at all if you have a single bad player on your team or someone simply selecting “non-meta” class to play) and also add a mode (or a setting for player-hosted games) without any “round end” or “respawn” timers for ALL maps. So I (as well as some other players) could finally stop playing on TF2’s 32-player custom servers when I just feel like having a relaxed evening with a very relaxed FPS gameplay (where I don’t care what classes my teammates are playing and don’t want them to care which class I am playing or whether I am trying to do some silly things instead of actually trying to kill enemy players).

But hey, it’s Blizzard – they never cared about “regular people’s” feedback and always thought that “what we decide is always the best choice for everyone” so I don’t actually expect them to ever change OW in such way…

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Loopy

I’m curious to see how OWL spectating will go. As much as i love watching pro streamers, it’s a lot easier to focus on one person’s POV than trying to follow 12 players around the map being constantly switched around.

Team based games are generally hard for me to spectate in a tournament setting.

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Sorenthaz

Montecristo mentioned in a tweet that the new spectator system will be shown at BlizzCon’s OW tourney.

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A Dad Supreme

For fans of the game who love to watch matches yet have a hard time following the frantic fighting, Blizzard has a few projects in the works to help out.

Project Codename: Seymour Butts.

Alpha phase.

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Dystopiq

They should focus on making the more fun instead of e-sports

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PurpleCopper

I have hard enough time watching LoL with all those particle effects and cooldown abilities, but at least that game has a top down view to see what’s going on.

But to me, Overwatch is even worse because of it’s first person mode. You have 12 different characters you need to switch from. Not only that, but cooldown abilities are faster than LoL, so particle effects are fucking everywhere. Not to mention that gameplay is faster too, so you need to be alert.

However, I’ll say that even though LoL might be easier to see what’s going on, Overwatch is actually easier to UNDERSTAND.

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Polyanna

Does this game have a casual spectator mode in the game client like CS:GO and DOTA2, where you can log in and just spectate random matches, or find matches being played with certain heroes, without a lobby invite or being assigned to a team in the match?

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borghive

Yes

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camren_rooke

I must be old because watching Overwatch videos is boring to me. I’ve tried several and I just don’t see the appeal but then I don’t really like watching Lets Play videos at all except just ot see if I might like the gameplay.

In Overwatch’s case that’d be a no and given some of the toxicity I’ve seen, that’d be a hell no.

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