overwatch

Official Site: Overwatch
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Team-Based OFPS
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Analysts peg Overwatch League at a potential $100 million in its first year

One of the big announcements from last year's BlizzCon was the addition of the new Overwatch League, a project Blizzard is using to help push competitive gaming and branding with a dedicated e-sports organization. It's still a little early to say how successful it's going to be, but analyst predictions have it pegged as a potential moneymaker of $100 million in its first year. That's a lot of money for something where the game is already being made and balanced.

The prediction was made by investment management firm Morgan Stanley and outlines several potential futures, with the $100 million figure requiring about 72,000 regular viewers during the season. Morgan Stanley also predicts that much will depend on the future of e-sports as a viable market, depending on whether competitve gaming turns out to have a broad appeal or fails to connect with a larger paying audience.

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SuperData February 2017: World of Tanks perks up, Hearthstone is sinking

Happy SuperData day! That's the monthly holiday when we pore over the market analysis report, freak out over something doing well, freak over something doing poorly, and then fight over definitions, the evils of trusting paywalled science, and why more MMOs aren't on the current list. This round, there's lots to bicker over -- but also some bits to celebrate in the February 2017 charts of top-grossing game titles.

On PC, while League of Legends, Crossfire, and Dungeon Fighter Online continue their top-three dominance, the rest of the roster has seen a bit of a shake-up, as Overwatch has fallen from #4 to #6 and World of Tanks has pushed past it as well as World of Warcraft. WoW's status is a tad confusing; last month, SuperData began reporting Western and Eastern WoW separately, even though it does not appear to be doing that for any other game. This month, it's omitted the West/East tags but still has two entries for WoW, so we're left to assume to top one is still West as it was last month.

On console, ARK: Survival Evolved has fallen from its #4 spot to #6. As always, we point out that ARK: Survival Evolved has yet to formally launch, and it's absurd that it's on this list at all, but fools and their money and all that.

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Battlenet's slow retirement, Overwatch toxicity, and Blizzard's legal history with 'modding'

Last night's update saw the end of the Battle.net branding on the Blizzard launcher. You probably shed your tears back in September, when the company first announced it was retiring the Battle.net name and replacing it with terms like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice. Now the platform for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and the rest just says... Blizzard.

Speaking of Overwatch: Kotaku has a look at the shooter's new system for dealing with toxicity, currently getting a workout on the PTR. The current version has far more specific options for reporting other players, which may or may not lead to better reports and less abuse -- but Blizzard is making an effort.

And finally, Polygon has broken down Blizzard's history with modding and reverse engineering lawsuits, presumably for younger gamers or folks who aren't aware of World of Warcraft's diverse modding offerings. Anyone who's ever wondered why Blizzard cracks down on Bossland, who's wondered why the DMCA is so powerful, or who's curious about the legal precedent of the old-school bnetd case should take a look before armchair lawyering down in the comments.

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Overwatch's Orisa is live today, Blizzard considers map editor

Tankbot Orisa is live in Overwatch today for those of you not too busy jacking into Andromeda. While she'll be accessible on all three platforms from the get-go, she won't be live in competitive play for a bit longer while players get used to her.

The PTR has also been testing victory condition tweaks and buffs for Lucio.

Enjoying the early March feature that let you tweak the settings on your game modes? Wouldn't a map editor be even better? That's something Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan says it's considering, but it's not in the immediate future:

"We are extremely open-minded about releasing a map editor for Overwatch someday. But because Overwatch was made with a brand new engine, this is not a small task or one which can happen any time soon. We have this on our long-term road map and believe heavily in user-made content. But there are many challenges ahead of us and it will be a very long road before our editor can be made available to the public."

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The MOP Up: Kali awakens in Dragon Nest (March 19, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from Pokemon GoConan ExilesWarframeCrash ForceHeroes of the StormArmored WarfareElder Scrolls OnlineTERAAvabel OnlineOverwatchAionGlory RidgeDragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!

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League of Legends on LGBT representation and pro team mistreatment allegations

League of Legends will probably introduce non-straight characters eventually, a new interview on Polygon with Riot Games' Greg Street suggests. The publication asked Street questions about LGBT representation during GDC 2017, noting that Blizzard's Overwatch (particularly Tracer) has proven that it's a hot topic and something millions of gamers want to see. League of Legends currently has over 130 characters to Overwatch's 24, but Street says that Riot has to be careful what it adds lest one region or another blockade the game.

"We owe it to the players and, I think, to the world to do something like that. [...] What I don't want to do is be like, 'Okay, team, next character, whatever you do, has to be lesbian.' I don’t think we’ll end up with something good there.... From the beginning, it has to be the character's identity. I’m sure we'll do it at some point. I don’t know which character or when it will happen."

If and when it does happen, Street says, it'll likely be in "storytelling outside the game."

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Blizzard seeks $8.5M from cheat software company Bossland

It's all fun and games... until you start selling software to help players cheat, then it's all lawsuits and court dates.

Blizzard is asking the California district court to pronounce a judgment upon Bossland, the maker of cheat software for World of Warcraft and Overwatch. The game company filed a lawsuit last year against the cheat maker for copyright infringement and unfair competition. Bossland stopped responding to the court, and Blizzard is now asking the court to make a default judgment.

Blizzard claims that Bossland sold over 42,000 hacks in North America, which the studio considers to be worth $8.5 million in damages. "In this case, Blizzard is only seeking the minimum statutory damages of $200 per infringement, for a total of $8,563,600.00," the studio posted. "While Blizzard would surely be entitled to seek a larger amount, Blizzard seeks only minimum statutory damages. Blizzard does not seek such damages as a 'punitive' measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall."

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Overwatch previews Orisa, is unlikely to port to the Nintendo Switch

Overwatch is probably not coming to the Nintendo Switch, or so suggests Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan. He told Reddit last night that while he loves the platform, getting Overwatch Switch-ready would be "very challenging," but the studio is "always open minded about exploring possible platforms."

That's a bummer for fans of the Switch, which in its first week sold 1.5 million units, a third of which in the US. SuperData attributes the platform's performance almost entirely to Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In happier news for Overwatch, Blizzard has a new behind-the-scenes out for upcoming hero Orisa, which we've tucked down below.

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The MOP Up: Wakfu hikes up a mountain (March 12, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from Heroes and Generals, Faeria, City of HeroesLineage MArmored WarfareWakfuArk ParkDauntlessDark Age of CamelotOverwatchBlade and Soul: Table ArenaLeague of LegendsStrikers Edge, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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See the origin of everyone's favorite turret robot in the latest Overwatch comic

Who's afraid of a robot in Overwatch? Other than just about everyone, seeing as how an enormous robot war is pretty close to everyone's immediate memories. So when a random Bastion unit shows up, pretty much everyone is going to freak out. Of course, if you've actually played the game, you know that Bastion can be defeated rather easily by... wait, is he still insanely overtuned right now? Maybe all of the characters in this comic are right to be scared.

Regardless, this comic is all about the origin of the bird-loving robot and a former member of Overwatch learning a little bit more about what the Bastion units are really capable of. It's a short comic at 12 pages, but if you love learning more about the lore behind the game, you'd do well to check it out. And unlike the previous comic for the game, it doesn't really sink anyone's ship and may well create a few new ones.

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Jeff Kaplan chimes in on the power of Overwatch's bird-watching robot and metagame balance

Do you think Overwatch has made Bastion too powerful? The good news is that yes, Jeff Kaplan agrees with you, as he's outright said that the team balanced him to be a bit too powerful right now. But the key word is "just a bit," as Kaplan's post is more about the nature of balancing a game and the perceived metagame vs. the actual metagame seen by developers at all levels.

Kaplan explains that when a hero is underpicked, that sometimes doesn't mean that hero is underpowered; Mercy isn't a frequent pick, for example, but she's among the top five most powerful heroes in high-end play. Getting players to pick a hero more often often requires tuning up that hero, and that always makes the hero seem overpowered, because you're going from almost never seeing that hero in action to seeing them constantly, along with a new power buff. This doesn't necessarily mean the hero is overpowered, just that players need to adapt and see new strategies in action. The full post is well worth a read even if you're not very into Overwatch, as the philosophies are applicable for any game with multiple choices for players.

Source: Official Site via VG24/7

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Overwatch announces new hero Orisa

At an art panel at GDC this morning, Blizzard confirmed that Overwatch's next hero is Orisa, a OR15 protector robot rebuilt and reinvented by robotics prodigy Efi Oladele.

"Orisa serves as the central anchor of her team, and defends her teammates from the frontline with a protective barrier. She can attack from long range, fortify her own defenses, launch graviton charges to slow and move enemies, and deploy a Supercharger to boost the damage output of multiple allies at once."

Backstory: Incoming below!

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Overwatch's new season patch says it's OK to change the rules

When Overwatch says that it has released its new game browser with its latest patch, that may sound like the most dull patch note in the galaxy. But what those milquetoast words hide is that this patch actually is putting revolutionary power into the hands of players. Shazam!

In a nutshell, the game browser allows players to create and search for custom games with all sorts of crazy rulesets. "Think of it like a playground," Blizzard said. "The game browser is an extension of Overwatch's custom game mode that gives you the power to create your own games, change the rules, and make your creations accessible to a much wider range of players. It also gives fellow players the tools to find your games and participate."

The studio said that additional features and options for the browser are also in the works, and of course the patch also kicked off Competitive Play Season 4. Check out some of the possibilities with the new game browser in the following video!

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