Since Overwatch launched over four years ago, fans have consistently desired more events to keep the game fresh and exciting. It seems like Overwatch will finally be getting a new event, but it appears to have been leaked — and by Twitch, no less.
It was first reported on Feb. 21 by Twitter user @panimi, who first tweeted that their friend received one “Overwatch Ashe Mardi Gras” bundle from Twitch for watching Overwatch for four hours, as well as another for watching the game for six hours. Understandably, people responded with suspicion and asked for video evidence, which @panimi didn’t take long in providing.
We got no reason to lie or fake this. That seems like an insane waste of time. Video here. pic.twitter.com/U4jAvhY595
— La Nimi (@panimi) February 21, 2020
While some were still suspicious, Twitter user @OverwatchNaeri — a widely respected leaker known for leaking Overwatch content, including the recently released 2020 Lunar New Year Event skins — put the suspicions to rest with their own tweet confirming the leaks later that day.
Overwatch New Event “Mardi Gras” Leaked
오버워치 새로운 이벤트 마르디 그라 유출 pic.twitter.com/6crDhvoHqQ
— Naeri x 나에리 (@OverwatchNaeri) February 21, 2020
Earlier today, Twitter user @HighscoreHeroes shared another image supporting the leaks with Naeri, stating one of their viewers got a Mardi Gras-themed spray for the hero Hammond.
@HitscanYT @Stylosa @YourOverwatchYT @OverwatchNaeri @HERC_HAMMERDOWN Sharing is caring 🙂 One of my viewers got the Hammond Mardi Gras Spray Drop early. Feel free to use it for a video. Pretty sure you havent seen it before. Looks legit like the other 2. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Wb1DvQ80AK
— HighscoreHeroes (@HighscoreHeroes) February 23, 2020
While it’s always best to take leaks with a grain of salt, considering the ease with which such material can be Photoshopped, the evidence seems pretty solid. There’s not much other information, such as whether it’s going to be a major seasonal event or a more challenge-oriented event.
Challenge events, like the D.Va Nano Cola Challenge that came out after the release of her animated short in August 2018, are tailored to specific events related to Overwatch rather than a yearly occasion. Since Mardi Gras is a real event used to celebrate and reflect on eating rich foods before the fast of Lent begins, it’s hard to tell which kind of event this one will be. However, it’s worth noting that past challenge events are the ones that have been integrated with Twitch, offering rewards for watching Overwatch-affiliated streamers for a certain period of time.
Some are wondering why Ashe is the hero being focused on for this upcoming event (if it’s legit). Some fans have been quick to point out that perhaps it’s a clever pun on the fact that Mardi Gras takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday. In addition to Mardi Gras, this day is most commonly known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, and the Tuesday of Carnival. This year, it takes place on Feb. 25th — and Overwatch is known for receiving its content updates on Tuesdays.
If it is legitimate, one has to wonder as to what led to Twitch accidentally revealing this event almost a week earlier than planned. In all likelihood, whether it’s true or not will remain to be seen until later this week.