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Overwatch’s Lead Writer Leaves After Overwatch Finally Gets a Story

As snarky as the headline of this article might be, I genuinely felt for Michael Chu, the lead writer of Overwatch’s story as I read over his blog post announcing his departure from Blizzard after 20 years. Chu talks about the life-changing experience that working on Overwatch was, and as a big…

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Guessing Grimes’ Overwatch Main Based on Her Top Five Spotify Songs

Let’s talk about Grimes for a minute. Grimes, if you don’t know, is a 31-year-old pop star who is actually around the video game space quite frequently. She performed at the Game Awards last year, where she was also revealed to be part of the soundtrack and cast of Cyberpunk…

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Overwatch’s Experimental Mode is Testing a New Team Composition

Blizzard is launching a new mode for Overwatch today called “Experimental Mode,” and with it the studio is attempting to test out major changes to the team-based shooter to see how the game and community at large is affected by them. The first experiment is going to be a change to…

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South Korean Overwatch League Matches Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Blizzard’s Overwatch League announced today that all planned matches taking place in South Korea are hereby cancelled (for the time being), over safety concerns stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. This is the second time since the coronavirus emerged that Blizzard has had to cancel Overwatch League matches —…

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Imminent Overwatch Mardi Gras Event Appears to Have Leaked

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.…

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Overwatch to Ban Heroes in Way That Totally Doesn’t Count as Hero Bans

Last week Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan laid down the law on the game’s official forums, saying that a conventional “hero ban” system would not solve the problems that Overwatch players often complain of. Hero ban systems, for the uninitiated, allow the players on one team to prevent the players…

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Blizzard Shoots Down Rumors of Hero Bans Coming to Overwatch

After a series of supposed leaks and rumors started floating about the Overwatch community that Blizzard planned on implementing bans on certain heroes in the team-based shooter because some top level players wanted them to, Lead Designer Jeff Kaplan took to the Blizzard forums to clarify some things, and did so in…

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Activision Blizzard Esports Are Moving to YouTube

Activizion Blizzard has moved all of its official esports properties, including Overwatch League and its various Hearthstone shenanigans, from Twitch to YouTube as part of a newly announced partnership with Google. This means that from now on, thousands of human trash compactors will have to do without their favorite symbols…

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Kenneth’s Top Five Games of 2019 and Other Nonsense

I started 2019 as a college student in my eighth (8) year of trying to finish my undergrad degree in Journalism, and spent a lot of it in a miserable state of working in local news where I felt unfulfilled, unappreciated, and barely making enough money to scrape by. Then…

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Soldier: 76 Has an Ugly Sweater Skin, So Don’t Talk to Me About Anything Else Today

Overwatch’s annual Winter Wonderland event begins today, but the only thing you need to know is Soldier: 76 finally has an unlockable ugly Christmas sweater skin for the first week. As of this writing, Blizzard hasn’t officially unveiled the skin and the rest cosmetics that will be available, but the announcement…

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Overwatch 2 Brings Canon to a Fandom That’s Thrived Without it

It took three years for Blizzard to put a story-driven mode in Overwatch with its sequel Overwatch 2, which the company announced at Blizzcon this weekend. Looking at this with a wide lens, it’s a good thing. Story mode has been a long-requested feature for the original Overwatch since it…

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LeakCon 2019: Blizzard Store Leaks Overwatch Art, New WoW Expansion

Blizzard’s plans for this weekend’s BlizzCon 2019 festivities are taking on water at an alarming rate, as information about a sequel to Overwatch and the next World of Warcraft expansion continue to leak into the greater, uh, internet ocean? Or the ocean is leaking into the boat, and the leaked…

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New Report Corroborates Overwatch 2 Leaks Ahead of Blizzcon Reveal

Last week a Twitch streamer called Metro leaked details about an Overwatch sequel set to be announced at Blizzcon. Now ESPN has published a new report that seems to confirm a lot of information that came from the leak, including a title, modes, and even a logo that started floating…

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Same Streamer Who Leaked Last Year’s Blizzcon Announcements Leaks Overwatch Sequel Details

Normally leaks and rumors spread about Twitter aren’t worth reporting on, but this time there’s established history that brings some legitimacy to a Twitch streamer named Metro’s tweets detailing the new Overwatch game rumored to be announced at Blizzcon. For context, last year Metro leaked the announcement of new hero Ashe and…

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Overwatch on Switch Includes a Surprisingly Fun Feature: Motion Controls

Ever since the Switch launched 2017, Overwatch fans have been asking “Switch when?” Granted, everyone asks that about every game these days. Now the wait is finally over. Overwatch has finally come to the pint-sized platform, but at a cost. I’m not entirely convinced that price was too high though! Overwatch: What Is It? If you haven’t…

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What It’s Like Being a Gamer For Hire

Fiverr is an online platform that advertises itself as one of the web’s leading marketplaces for “freelance services,” a catch-all term for providers who hock a wide variety of products, often far below standard professional rates. At $5 for a minute of amateur voice acting, $20 for a Photoshopped logo,…

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Amazon Lists Overwatch Novel Dedicated to Underrepresented Heroes

Given the Switch port and the rumored PVE sequel supposedly set for reveal at Blizzcon next month, Overwatch is in a bit of a renaissance right now. With a new push comes new lore, and an Amazon listing is hinting that new stories in the Overwatch universe may be coming…

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Being a Damage Main in Overwatch Kinda Sucks Right Now

Folks, there are nights when I play Overwatch that I just want to play as the grumpy, gay granddad that is Soldier: 76 without it being a big to do. But I haven’t been able to do that lately and it’s really starting to take its toll on my relationship…

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Late Lunch September 18, 2019: Crimes Against the Jabbery

A lot of little things are happening. Kingdom Hearts at Disneyland, Bastion in LEGO, and the extremely relevant Jib Jab application on our smart phones. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1pm PST on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put the VODs up on the…

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