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Mar 31, 2020 at 23:00.

Online-Only Overwatch League Has Been Weird But Fun As Heck

Online-Only Overwatch League Has Been Weird But Fun As Heck

The coronavirus has canceled or postponed almost every single major and minor social event across the world. Just this week, we learned that the 2020 Olympics will need to rebrand to the 2021 Olympics with the announcement that the games have been postponed until July of next year. Other sporting institutions like the NBA and MLB have also been forced to postpone games late into the year. But...

Mar 18, 2020. 9 comments

Overwatch's Newest Hero Is Echo, A Long-Awaited AI Robot

Overwatch's Newest Hero Is Echo, A Long-Awaited AI Robot

Seven months after the release of its last new hero, Overwatch is finally getting a new one. Echo, who players of the popular team shooter have been salivating over ever since she made her cinematic debut in the 2018 trailer that introduced Ashe , will be playable “soon.”

Today, Blizzard posted a trailer officially introducing Echo. She is an “evolutionary robot programmed with a rapidly...

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Mar 14, 2020. 13 comments

Overwatch's New Skins Are So Good They've Made Me Care About Skins

Overwatch's New Skins Are So Good They've Made Me Care About Skins

I need you to do something for me right now. I need you to look up. See that image? That’s Pharah, from Overwatch. She’s wearing aviators and a leather jacket. She looks like Stephanie Beatriz’s character from Brooklyn 99. And she is gonna fuck you up.

That’s just one of eight new skins added to Overwatch yesterday as part of this year’s Archives event. The event freshens up old co-op missions...

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Mar 12, 2020. 3 comments

Overwatch League Cancels All March And April Events Due To Coronavirus

Overwatch League Cancels All March And April Events Due To Coronavirus

Overwatch League’s planned migration of teams to their respective cities for a full season of home and away games has hit yet another big obstacle. After isolated cancellations of events in China and South Korea , the league has now pulled the plug on all live events around the world in March and April.

As with the China and South Korea “homestand” matches, Blizzard made its reasoning clear:...

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Mar 02, 2020. 14 comments

Riot's Next Game Is Valorant, A First-Person Shooter

Riot's Next Game Is Valorant, A First-Person Shooter

Previously known solely as the League of Legends studio, Riot showed us last year that they’re now working on all kinds of new stuff . The first of which is Valorant, a team-based shooter.

League Of Legends' Creators Also Making An Animated Series, Card Game, Fighting Game And

In addition to the announcement that a version of the main game itself is coming to consoles and…

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Feb 29, 2020. 12 comments

Overwatch Change That Nerfs Teabagging Is A Bug, Blizzard Says

Overwatch Change That Nerfs Teabagging Is A Bug, Blizzard Says

Earlier this week, a small but vocal group of what can only be described as “teabagging enthusiasts” made a discovery straight out of their darkest, knee joint-less nightmares: Overwatch’s Ana, a champion teabagger despite her advanced age, could no longer crouch over unconscious enemies.

Among other skills, Ana has a sleep dart ability that temporarily KOs enemies. This leaves them on the...

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Feb 29, 2020. 12 comments

Overwatch's New Experimental Card Turns Tanks Into Powerhouses

Overwatch's New Experimental Card Turns Tanks Into Powerhouses

It’s a longtime dream of mine to be extremely large and basically unkillable. I’ve yet to accomplish my goal in real life, but I will—mark my words. Until then, I’ve at least got Overwatch’s new experimental card, which turns tanks into nigh-unstoppable meat walls, to help me imagine a better world.

The experimental card, which launched earlier this week, is a new branch of Overwatch intended...

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Feb 25, 2020. 7 comments

Overwatch League Cancels South Korea Matches Over Coronavirus Concerns

Overwatch League Cancels South Korea Matches Over Coronavirus Concerns

Late last month, Blizzard’s Overwatch League cancelled all matches scheduled to take place in China in February and March due to coronavirus fears. Now it’s cancelled matches for South Korea as well, just days before games were set to begin.

The league made fans aware of the cancellations via Twitter, writing, “In order to protect the health & safety of our players, fans, & staff, we are...

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Feb 14, 2020. 21 comments

Overwatch's YouTube Deal Makes A New Brigitte Skin Costly For Most Players

Overwatch's YouTube Deal Makes A New Brigitte Skin Costly For Most Players

Until February 19, Blizzard is offering Overwatch players a skin nobody asked for, but that is, admittedly, pretty funny: “Goat Brigitte,” a horned, blue-and-purple number meant to commemorate the notoriously unpopular “GOATS” meta that dominated OWL season two last year. There’s just one problem: It’s currently impossible to earn the in-game currency players need to unlock it.

The new skin,...

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Feb 11, 2020. 12 comments

Why The Paris Overwatch League Team Is Based Out Of New Jersey This Season

Why The Paris Overwatch League Team Is Based Out Of New Jersey This Season

After two seasons in Burbank, California, the Overwatch League has finally achieved its goal of scattering teams across the globe to their various home cities. Well, mostly. Paris Eternal, somewhat conspicuously, is operating out of New Jersey. New Jersey, in case you’re from a non-Earth planet, is not in France.

A couple weeks before the inaugural matches of OWL season three, which kicked off...

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Jan 31, 2020. 14 comments

Blacksmith Creates Real, Flaming Overwatch Hammer

Blacksmith Creates Real, Flaming Overwatch Hammer
Cosplay ShowcaseCosplay ShowcaseKotaku's Cosplay Showcase is a feature that highlights the unique work of cosplayers, artists and photographers as they seek to tell new stories and push the boundaries of the craft.

There are a lot of smaller, easier props you could make if you wanted to recreate a weapon from Overwatch, but nope, H-art has skipped past all of those and forged himself an...

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Jan 31, 2020. 18 comments

Overwatch Is Making Big Changes To Keep The Meta 'Fluid'

Overwatch Is Making Big Changes To Keep The Meta 'Fluid'

By this point, I would imagine that Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan is sick of talking about the meta. It’s a perennial topic among vocal portions of the Overwatch community and a near-constant source of consternation . The meta over-prioritizes certain heroes, say some people. It changes too slowly, say others, asking for MOBA-style solutions like hero picks and bans. Now Blizzard is...

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Jan 30, 2020. 7 comments

Blizzard Cancels Overwatch League Matches Over Chinese Coronavirus Fears

Blizzard Cancels Overwatch League Matches Over Chinese Coronavirus Fears

Blizzard has tonight cancelled all Overwatch League matches scheduled to take place in China for the next two months due to the country’s Coronavirus crisis.

The company issued a short statement which reads:

We have decided to cancel our February and March matches in China in order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff. We hope fans have a safe and happy Lunar New...

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Jan 25, 2020. 11 comments

Overwatch League, Call Of Duty League, And Hearthstone Esports Will Air On YouTube, Not Twitch

Overwatch League, Call Of Duty League, And Hearthstone Esports Will Air On YouTube, Not Twitch

With Overwatch League season three set to kick off in just over two weeks, it was becoming a little conspicuous that we still didn’t know where it was going to air. Now we do: With its two-year Twitch deal now expired , Overwatch League is moving to YouTube. It will be joined by Activision’s new Call of Duty League as well as Hearthstone esports.

Activision and Google announced the news in a...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 24, 2020. 15 comments

Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan Has Some Thoughts About Overwatch's Meta

Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan Has Some Thoughts About Overwatch's Meta

Ah, the meta. Sometimes OK, sometimes terrible, always there, it’s rare that it’s not a hot topic of conversation among fans of Overwatch (or, well, any online game), and a boring one at that. But when a prominent developer weighs in on the subject, that’s a bit more interesting.

What’s the “Meta”?

The “meta” is defined as “any approach to a game that transcends or operates outside of the...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 17, 2020. 5 comments

Check Out The Overwatch League’s Fancy New Designer Uniforms

Check Out The Overwatch League’s Fancy New Designer Uniforms

Who needs commentators when the players look so good? The Overwatch League has teamed with legendary streetwear designer Jeff Staple to create an “authentic player kit” for each of the league’s 20 teams. It’s so fancy.

The new kits, designed to bring the esports experience more in line with the traditional sports experience, are more than just fancy shirts. They feature premium graphics...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 14, 2020. 13 comments

Overwatch League Commentators Are Jumping Ship [UPDATE]

Overwatch League Commentators Are Jumping Ship [UPDATE]

Watching professional Overwatch matches can be chaotic. At times, team fights look less like coherent, role-driven skirmishes and more like cartoon characters punching and kicking inside screen-eclipsing dust clouds. Commentators play a crucial role, making sense of the madness to both esports fans and the uninitiated mainstream audience Blizzard hopes to attract. But with season three just...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 11, 2020. 16 comments

Houston Overwatch League Team Decides To Move After New Neighbors Complain

Houston Overwatch League Team Decides To Move After New Neighbors Complain

Season three of the Overwatch League kicks off next month, and that means teams are finally gearing up to live and operate out of their home cities. The Houston Outlaws, unfortunately, have not received the warmest of welcomes from their neighbors.

Houston Outlaws general manager Matt “Flame” Rodriguez said yesterday on Twitter that his team will be uprooting its base of operations after...

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Jan 09, 2020. 14 comments

How An Overwatch Skin Left Some Of D.Va's Biggest Fans Feeling Betrayed

How An Overwatch Skin Left Some Of D.Va's Biggest Fans Feeling Betrayed

Overwatch hero D.va has been considered a symbol of empowerment by a lot of feminists in the Korean Overwatch community , representing how women could be lauded for their talent instead of their looks. Long before Mei graced protest memes for Hong Kong , a group called FAMERZ, then called National D.va Association, attended rallies and protests for various political causes holding a banner...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 04, 2020. 20 comments

Seven Games That Were Almost My Game Of The Decade

Seven Games That Were Almost My Game Of The Decade
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.

When people ask me to name my game of the decade, I pause. There are so many. I took away hard-won lessons from some of them, but over time, I’ve come to realize that those lessons were probably wrong.

On a more or less annual basis, my game of the decade changes. This is...

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