Overwatch celebrates its new Kanezaka map with a player challenge and community tourney


Overwatch is very keen on letting people know that there’s a new deathmatch map added to the game. Just in case it slipped anyone’s notice, the new Kanezaka map has been released and players can take part in a couple of special events to mark its arrival. Because we’re celebrating map launches now I guess.

Between now and January 25th, players can take the Kanezaka Challenge, which rewards icons, sprays, and an epic Hanzo skin for winning matches or watching Overwatch livestreams via Twitch Drops. In addition, the Overwatch League will be hosting a Kanezaka Community Tournament between January 22nd and 25th, featuring 4v4 team deathmatch competition for part of a $10,000 prize pool for each region. This tournament is open to anyone, with registration available from January 15th through the 21st.

In other Overwatch news, the fourth issue of the five-issue Tracer — London Calling digital comic book from Dark Horse Comics is now available for fans to read. Just in case you’re not really interested in deathmatch maps.

source: official site (1, 2, 3)

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I’ve never been a fan of Deathmatch in Overwatch. It just never made sense to me given the design of the characters and how they synergize together. The game was clearly made with teamplay in mind, so i largely ignored Deathmatch game modes and maps throughout their existence.

Happy to see new maps coming out, but honestly i wish more map love was shown to the core game modes.

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I pop into Overwatch and play with a few friends a couple of times a week and find it annoying that they’re excitedly releasing a Deathmatch only map given that they haven’t added an actual map (usable in the core game) since April 2019.

Guess they really have put something out so they can claim they aren’t in total maintenance mode while they work on Overwatch 2.