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Everyone's favorite hamster is arriving next week where he'll be rolling around everything and everyone and making players hate map edges even more! Hero 28 will be throwing his (in)considerable weight around on live servers after a really great run on the PTR where everyone had a ton of fun finding extremely quick ways around maps with the swinging mechanic and throwing everyone off maps.
You can also check out all his new skins emotes and sprays in this video so you have some credits ready to target those legendaries:
Yesterday on the Overwatch League stream we had a big reveal for Twitch All Access Pass holders, with Lúcio receiving his first legenday emote, and it's a doozy too! Coming out on July 24th, the emote joins the 15 league skins, twitch emotes, a global twitch chat badge, a lot of various insider content as well as an in-game spray and player icon. The Lúcio emote looks like one of the most complex ones to date and is probably the most worth-while item in the whole package, so make sure to check it out.
All Access Pass (source)
Every match day, the Overwatch League Twitch chat morphs into a virtual arena, where fans from across the globe gather to cheer on their favorite teams. Now, the time has come to stand out. The Overwatch League All-Access Pass on Twitch is for our superfans: an evolving VIP badge that you can wear in game and in Twitch chat, and that offers a premium viewing experience and behind-the scenes access.
Let’s look at some of the features.
LÚCIO LEGENDARY EMOTE
Get ready to break it down with a new legendary Lúcio emote! This limited-time exclusive is available starting Tuesday, July 24, to all Twitch All-Access passholders. If you’re not already an All-Access member, go here to join. Read on to learn more about the great content you’ll get as an All-Access member.
As announced on Twitch Day on April 14, All-Access passholders will receive 12 Overwatch League team away skins in May. The skins, which will represent one fan-favorite hero for each team, will be automatically deposited into the game accounts linked with All-Access passholders.
To allow super fans to dive deeper into the league they love, the All-Access Pass grants access to the Overwatch League Command Center: a second-screen match-day livestream, featuring alternate in-game camera angles, backstage cameras, player POVs, and real-time stats. Your pass also provides access to exclusive behind-the-scenes VODs. In Stage 3, this will be in the form of a weekly series called Behind the Screens, in which an Overwatch League player will give their own analysis of a recent game.
We know Overwatch League fans love interacting with their favorite players, so All-Access Passholders will be able to view and contribute to Match Day AMAs. Passholders can participate by submitting questions in chat during a special player livestream following the conclusion of Overwatch League broadcasts.
To celebrate the launch of the program—and to give all Overwatch League fans a taste of what the All-Access Pass experience will offer—the Command Center, Behind the Screens and Match Day AMAs will be free through May 15th!
Overwatch League All-Access Pass will offer 23 global emotes, including gold team emotes and character ability emotes:
To further show off in chat, All-Access grants you a global chat badge, so you can rep the Overwatch League on Twitch no matter where you are. And in Overwatch League chat itself, you’ll have the global badge and a subscription icon (if you have Twitch Prime, we’ve made it look a little extra-special).
You’ll be able to show off your badges and try out these new emotes in the subscriber-only Twitch chat room, where super fans from around the world can enjoy in-depth conversations.
All-Access also will grant an ad-free Overwatch League experience on Twitch.
All-Access passholders to be able to proudly declare their fandom within the game itself, and here’s how:
Overwatch League in-game skins.
In-game spray and player icon. The Overwatch League All-Access Pass is available for USD $29.99 for the inaugural season. All Access Pass benefits will last up to the start of the 2019 OWL Season—Twitch emotes, badges, and in-game content are yours to keep! A Blizzard account link is required to redeem in-game rewards. For more information or to purchase, head to https://www.twitch.tv/p/overwatchleague.
More feedback on the LFG and Endorsement systems and it seems they've had a massive positive effect on toxicity of players and are making the game much more enjoyable! So far we only got stats for KR and the Americas with EU coming later, but the numbers are very impressive nonetheless:
Jeff Kaplan (source)
Our Global Insights group just finished parsing some stats as it relates to LFG and Endorsements.
Post release of Endorsements and LFG:
The % of Competitive Matches that Contain Abusive Chat is down:
26.4% in the Americas
16.4% in KR
The % of Daily Players being Abusive is down:
28.8% in the Americas
21.6% in KR
We’re really pleased with the community’s efforts to make OW a better place! Thank you all!
And we’ll keep working on iterating on these features to make them better as well as exploring other systems to improve the gameplay environment.
We don’t have all the stats reported yet… sorry… I was just sharing what progress we had…
Yes, some quality of life changes are coming very soon. For example, in an upcoming patch the LFG system will persist your filters across logins.
So the new social systems greatly improved quality of life in the game, but even if they hadn't, it's great to see Blizzard trying new things to improve community interaction, especially since it working in one game can easily be transferred to other games as well. Imagine if your acceptance into a M+ or raid group was based off of recommendations and endorsements instead of raw ilevel and achievements alone...
Activision Blizzard signed a historic deal for the broadcast rights to the Overwatch League on US television. For the next 2 years ESPN, Disney XD and ABC will be covering the league events, both live and as summaries. This marks the first time esports will be shown in prime time on a major network, with the quarter and semifinals aired live on DisneyXD and ESPN 2 and 3, while the finals will be shown on both ESPN, ESPN 2 and Disney XD. The package also includes the very first airing of competitive gaming on ABC, one of the big four broadcast networks in the US, with the highlights recap of the finals airing on July 29th. This marks a huge step forward for esports and its presence in the mainstream media, and it seems appropriate for Overwatch to make this first step, as it's already pushed into the pop culture realm.
The playoffs have already started, so check out the schedule below, as well as comments from both ESPN, DisneyXD and Activision Blizzard themselves:
Overwatch League (source)
ESPN, Disney XD and Blizzard Entertainment Announce Multiyear Exclusive Telecast Agreement for Overwatch League™
Jul 11, 2018 Comprehensive 2018 coverage including Overwatch League playoffs and Grand Finals across ESPN and Disney television networks Telecast schedules for 2019 Overwatch League content to be announced IRVINE, Calif--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 11, 2018-- Today ESPN, Disney XD and Blizzard Entertainment announced an exclusive multiyear agreement for live television coverage of the Overwatch League™, the world’s first major global city-based esports league.
Beginning with Overwatch League playoff coverage on Wednesday, July 11, across both networks, the 2017–2018 Overwatch League inaugural season concludes with the Grand Finals live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on ESPN and Disney XD July 27–28. All coverage also will be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers to stream live on the ESPN App and DisneyNOW. To round out the 2018 Grand Finals coverage, a recap show highlighting the biggest moments will air July 29 on ABC. The Grand Finals telecast on ESPN marks the first time live competitive gaming has aired on the flagship network in primetime, and will be the first broadcast of an esports championship on ABC.
“The Overwatch League Grand Finals is by far our most comprehensive television distribution for an esports event over a single weekend: 10 total hours over four networks and three days,” said Justin Connolly, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “This overall collaboration with Disney/ABC, ESPN and Blizzard represents our continued commitment to esports, and we look forward to providing marquee Overwatch League coverage across our television platforms for fans.”
“We are pleased to partner with Activision Blizzard to bring Overwatch esports to our audience. The Blizzard team has created a genre-leading esport and a premium professional franchise system in the Overwatch League,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. “We are kicking off the agreement by showcasing the inaugural season playoffs and Grand Finals live across our linear footprint. Together with our telecast partners at ESPN, we look forward to growing a legion of new Overwatch fans across the next two years.”
“We’re excited to be working with ESPN and DisneyXD to bring Overwatch esports to an even wider audience,” said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “We’ve seen incredible passion and support from fans during the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and we’re looking forward to capping it off for them with an epic Grand Finals at Barclays Center later this month.”
The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will culminate in the Grand Finals, the ultimate showdown for the championship: the first team to win two best-of-five matches at Barclays Center will take home the Overwatch League trophy and the lion’s share of the $1.4 million Grand Finals prize pool. Play begins Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. EDT with the first best-of-five match on ESPN, and continues Saturday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m. EDT with the second and potential third series on Disney XD. This broadcast will air alongside the primary digital viewing experience on Twitch, with the Overwatch League also available via MLG.com. A re-air of day two Grand Finals play will be available on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. EDT. In addition, a recap show of highlights from the Grand Finals will air Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC. The full telecast schedule, from the playoffs through the Grand Finals, is below.
Overwatch League 2017–2018 Playoffs and Grand Finals Telecast Schedule (all times Eastern)
Date Time (EDT) Event Network(s) Wed, July 11 8 p.m. Day 1 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3 Fri, July 13 8 p.m. Day 2 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3 Sat, July 14 4 p.m. Day 3 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3 Wed, July 18 8 p.m. Day 1 of Semifinals Disney XD, ESPN3 Fri, July 20 7 p.m. Day 2 of Semifinals ESPNEWS Sat, July 21 7 p.m. Day 3 of Semifinals ESPN2 Fri, July 27 7 p.m. Day 1 of Finals ESPN Sat, July 28 4:30 p.m. Day 2 of Finals Disney XD, ESPN3 Sat, July 28 9 p.m. Day 2 of Finals ESPN2 (re-air) Sun, July 29 3 p.m. Highlights Recap ABC, ESPN3 About the Overwatch League™
The Overwatch League™ is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard—Nasdaq: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The latest addition to Blizzard’s stable of twenty-one #1 games, Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit www.overwatchleague.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the exclusive multiyear agreement for live television coverage of the Overwatch League with ESPN and Disney XD, and the dates, events and features of the Overwatch League, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
The 86th Floor and Hype Creations teamed up to bring us this massive Overwatch cosplay music video, set to Shibuya Sunrise’s original track “Know my place” and featuring so many Heroes and skins in action. Opening with 3 reapers on one team and a McCree that let his bear go a little, the video goes through a few rounds of face-offs and ends with everyone figuring out who the real threat is. Enjoy: