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The war on toxicity: Overwatch League and Rainbow Six Siege crack down

Are studios starting to wake up and take action against particularly odious instances of gaming toxicity in their products? Blizzard, at least, is working to police its precious Overwatch League, which certainly does not need more controversy or bad publicity in its first season.

The studio levied a three-game suspension, a $2,000 fine, and revoked the streaming privileges of Philadelphia Fusion’s Josh “Eqo” Corona after Corona made a racist face on one of his streams. Blizzard is reported to have tight control over the League’s players with its code of conduct, in which it wrote that no player or team could bring the League or studio into “disrepute” with their actions. (This is not the first fine the League has issued.)

Speaking of disrepute, the League’s Boston Uprising went ahead and suspended Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez due to allegations that he, an adult, was pursuing a sexual relationship with a minor.

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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XIV gets primal (March 25, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Destiny 2ScumPokemon Go, OrbusVRDauntlessHeroes of the Storm, SkyforgeElswordOld School RuneScapeMapleStory BlitzDestiny 2The Elder Scrolls LegendsProsperous UniverseFinal Fantasy XIVMU LegendWakfu, and Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!

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Twitch pushes the Overwatch League through viewer promotions

Superheroes and streaming make for interesting bedfellows, but for fans who are used to watching a ton of Overwatch on Twitch, it’s perhaps not that surprising. The two entities are teaming up for a series of promotions designed to push viewership of the fledgling Overwatch League.

Viewers can actually earn special Overwatch character skins and Twitch emotes by cheering on their favorite teams and showering them with Twitch Bits. Players can also link their Blizzard accounts to Twitch and earn one league token per live match finish.

“And some lucky viewers will get 100 tokens for every final map they watch per match — enough to get your favorite Overwatch League team skin in the game,” Twitch said.

And “coming soon” will be a purchasable VIP ticket to the Overwatch League. This will give access to behind-the-scenes info, more in-game items, and other unnamed perks.

Source: Twitch

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It’s getting more expensive to join the Overwatch League

If you didn’t get in on the ground floor of the Overwatch League with a professional team of your own, just know that it’s going to cost you greatly to join up in the future.

This is because the popularity and success of the e-sports league is driving up the price of a team buy-in. Initially, the cost was $20 million for each of the 12 teams, but this looks to be on the rise for future franchise owners.

ESPN is estimating that, depending how the first season of OWL pans out, the second season could wield a buy-in price of $35M to $60M. “In the past three months, though, the Overwatch League has exceeded its revenue expectations, and several league sources said that the league is at almost four times its original projection. The league got a reported $90 million, two-year Twitch deal, and its two-year deals with HP Omen and Intel are worth $17 million and $10 million, respectively,” the news agency reported.

Source: ESPN via Blizzard Watch. Thanks Sally!

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Hearthstone has three more free card packs for you

It is hard being you, what with all of the freebies being tossed in your direction by the goblins at Hearthstone. First there were three free card packs handed out earlier this month due as compensation for bugs, and now there are several login rewards to celebrate this Hearthstone World Championship.

So to get these free packs, you’ll need to log into the game once a day for three days in a row. Each day, you will get a free pack from a different recent expansion. Pretty simple stuff.

The HCT World Championship is running from January 18th through the 21st, with a million dollar prize pool that will be distributed amongst the top 16 competitors. This will mark the conclusion of the Hearthstone Championship Tour and the game’s Year of the Mammoth. You can watch the championship live below!

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Gamers argue Overwatch League has a representation problem

No matter what you’re seeing up on the screen in this inaugural season of the Overwatch League, chances are really good that the people controlling (and almost all of the casters, it seems) are guys. This is because the League’s teams are completely male, a situation that none of them can really seem to address when asked point-blank about it.

Case in point: Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon is widely seen as one of the best players in the competitive scene… and she has yet to be signed on to any of the competing teams, as Kotaku points out in its long piece this week (though apparently Geguri herself believes it’s not sexism keeping her off teams – thanks Loopy). You probably remember her from back in 2016 when gamers and pro players were harassing her and claiming she wasn’t real/was a cheater until she shut them down with a video of herself kicking ass.

When asked about why she (and other women) hasn’t been snapped up, in spite of her participation in other leagues, several teams hemmed and hawed over the fact. It would be funny to read all of these responses if it wasn’t so disheartening. Our favorite? Having to fuss with co-ed player housing.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community rocked by death threat controversy

Here is a lesson that we should all take to heart: Smack talk is one thing, actual death threats are entirely another.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene is still dealing with the fallout of a death threat made a few weeks ago at a tournament. The situation arose when one team, The Immortals, arrived late at the tournament and sparked widespread rumors that they were partying too hard the night previous.

When one player publicly accused the team of this, Immortals team member Vito “Kng” Giuseppe tweeted to him, “You’ll prove it, or I’ll kill you!” Reportedly, Giuseppe then tried to go find the accuser and had to be restrained.

The Immortals decided to deal with this internally, scheduling a meeting with Giuseppe to go over his actions. When he didn’t show up, the team decided to suspend him and then, shortly after, let him go entirely.

Source: Polygon

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Blizzard to open an e-sports arena this fall

Everybody knows that if you are truly serious about being a legitimate force in the e-sports industry, you have to own your own arena. It’s just common sense. And soon enough you can marvel at Blizzard’s games in the studio’s own venue in Los Angeles.

On October 7th, the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will open as “a cutting-edge live-event destination” for e-sports players and fans. The arena is situated in Burbank Studios and features several sound stages, practice areas, and control rooms. Its first showing will be the Overwatch Contenders Season One playoffs from the 7th through the 8th. The arena is also expected to be the center staging ground for Blizzard’s anticipated Overwatch League later this year.

CEO Mike Morhaime explained the decision to open up an e-sports venue: “We’re at a tipping point for e-sports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment. As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard e-sports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”

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Underage Overwatch player lands six-figure e-sports contract

He may not be old enough to vote, but 17-year-old Jay Won is already making more money than you. Probably.

Won, an Overwatch player who goes by the handle “sinatraa,” just landed an $150,000-per-year contract with NRG Esports. He will be playing for the e-sports firm on its Overwatch League team, enjoying revenue-sharing options and team bonuses above and beyond his annual salary. Which, again, is $150,000.

Apparently Won is such a good player and in such great demand that there was a bidding war between teams to grab him. He’s also part of the North American Overwatch World Cup team, which will be competing in early November at BlizzCon.

This is merely the latest drop of wild news to fall into the bucket of Overwatch League craziness. The fledgling league is expanding aggressively as it seeks to establish itself and the game as a legitimate e-sports outlet. Last month, the OWL expanded to include teams from London and L.A.

Source: ESPN. Thanks Sally!

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Breakaway shows off its competitive side in a new trailer

Why will you be playing Breakaway? The latest trailer for the game is all about how you’ll be playing the game to win and to smash the heck out of your opposition. And you’ll be doing it quickly. And streaming it for the adulation of adoring fans. And then, possibly, doing a double backflip on a BMX bike before jumping on to a skateboard that is inexplicably perched on an entire stack of fidget spinners.

Are bikes still a thing? We’re not sure. The point is that it’s a trailer about the competitive side and about making big explosions and getting noticed. You can check out the trailer just below if that sounds like your jam, or if you’re just hoping that it does actually feature that aforementioned backflip on a bike.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert shows pet love (August 20, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from NeverwinterElder Scrolls LegendsElite DangerousSWTORMapleStoryHyper UniverseSMITETravian OnlineDiablo IIIFigureheadsPokemon GoHeroes and GeneralsRappelzUltima OnlineSoulworker OnlineBlack Desert, and Gigantic, all waiting for you after the break!

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You are an Overwatch League free agent, starting now

Here’s some news that should make you feel special. As of right now, as long as you’re over 18 years old and play Overwatch, Blizzard considers you a “free agent” who can be signed on to the developing Overwatch League and its teams. And why wouldn’t someone want you? You’ve got mad skills, or so we hear from our street sources.

An official signing window is about to open between August 1st and October 30th for teams to scout and sign players to contracts. This will only happen for the first season, as the league will be established in the future and will go through a different process.

If you are signed on to a team (and we’re rooting for you, chum), you’ll be agreeing to a one-year contract with a minimum salary of $50,000, health insurance, a retirement plan, and a percentage of team performance bonuses. Overwatch League teams will be made up of between six and 12 players from any region who must be housed and offered training facilities by the team owner.

Source: Blizzard

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Overwatch teases Doomfist, lays out ambitious plans for e-sports league

Try not to act too surprised when Overwatch eventually announces Doomfist, as the studio isn’t exactly being subtle in its leadup to the team shooter’s next playable character. To wit, Overwatch posted a fake news report concerning an attack on the Talon organization by Mr. Fist. It turns out his ultimate goal was to secure his namesake’s weapon.

Apart from Doomfist, Blizzard is putting a lot of effort in getting its upcoming Overwatch League off of the ground, which it calls the “most ambitious effort” in e-sports history. A GamesIndustry report covers the multiple approaches that the studio is taking for this effort, including securing advertisers, grooming local fan bases, and attracting serious teams.

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