Overwatch Surpasses 30 Million Players

Overwatch is a big deal. And today it followed Rocket League to the fancy 30 million player club. That’s right, today Blizzard announced via Twitter, that its team-based multiplayer first-person shooter, Overwatch, has surpassed 30 million players. …Read More The post Overwatch Surpasses 30 Million Players by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


According to Overwatch World Cup Rankings China is the Best in the World; United States Third

If you play Overwatch then there is likely a 100% chance that someone from China is better than you. And according to the Overwatch World Cup 2017 rankings, not only do some of the best players in …Read More The post According to Overwatch World Cup Rankings China is the Best in the World; United States Third by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


Dude Says He Picked Kpop Over Esports

Quick! Which would you rather be, a Kpop star or a gaming pro? Wanna-be idol Choi Dong Ha is choosing music. Advertisement Choi is appearing on reality music show Produce 101 Season 2. According to mainstream news sites Joongang Daily and Insight, he claims to have received offers to become a gaming pro after apparently ranking 30 worldwide in Overwatch. But since he says gaming is only his hobby, he’s focusing on singing. No word what moniker he played under, and it doesn’t appear as though Choi has offered any footage from his hobby to confirm his claim. We do know for certain he’s good at dancing and singing, though. “My dream was to be on stage as a singer,” he says (via Joongang Daily), requesting that people vote for him on Produce 101. If they don’t, maybe he can cash in on those apparent gaming skills! Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Buggy D.Va Is Temporarily Unplayable In Overwatch

[Image: Blizzard Entertainment] Blizzard announced that due to an Overwatch bug, D.Va has been removed from the game for the time being. Advertisement This message popped up in Overwatch, surprising players. [Photo: Riley MacLeod | Kotaku] A short tweet also appeared on Blizzard Entertainment’s official Twitter: Over on Battle.net, Blizzard provided more details, explaining why D.Va has been temporarily disabled. You can read the official statement below: Advertisement Following the release of today’s 1.10.1 patch, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of reported client crashes. Based on our investigation, we’ve determined these crashes are very likely connected to D.Va’s presence within a game. Due to the impact of this issue, we have temporarily disabled D.Va in all regions on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as a precaution while we continue to troubleshoot. We don’t have an ETA to share right now for when D.Va will again be playable, but this is currently our top priority and we will be sure to provide updates in this thread as they become available. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you so much READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


I Can't Stand Overwatch's Quick Play Anymore

Overwatch I have a confession: I have become an Overwatch meta slave. I rarely pick heroes other players think are “bad.” I won’t take risks with our tank-healer balance. And, most important, I will seethe when my team doesn’t reflect the holy comp du jour. Advertisement Did you pick Hanzo on an attack map? I probably scoffed at you. Did you, Genji, really think we could defend Eichenwalde without Reinhardt? Apparently, I type in team chat, you could care less about winning. I see you switched from our only healer to Widowmaker on a control point. Are you serious, I grunt into my headset. In the grand scheme of toxic Overwatch players, I rank low. For heaven’s sake, I’m not telling any Genji players to “kill yourself.” I’m not reporting all Widowmakers for “griefing.” But I do admit that, over the last few months, I crossed into “taking Overwatch comp too seriously” territory. It’s a sad place over here, verging on mean-spirited, but at least it’s not lonely. In Competitive Mode, inevitably, there are others who loudly police hero picks before I even have the chance. I tend to let them do the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Teen Overwatch Player Goes Pro Despite Parents Taking Away His Internet

Stefano “Verbo” Disalvo plays Lucio for Immortals, one of the best Overwatch teams in the world. He’s a shot-caller, which means he plays a huge role in leading the team. He’s also 17 years-old. Before he could become a pro, he had to overcome one very big obstacle: his parents. Advertisement When Disalvo started high school, he had no idea what he wanted to do. People around him assumed that he’d graduate, go to college and major in something, and then work a nine-to-five until his soul withered into a depleted pile of dust with a little sad face on it. But that’s not what he wanted to do. First with League of Legends, then with Overwatch, he found something to be passionate about. He decided to he wanted to go pro, even if that meant leaving his educational future in limbo. His parents didn’t love that idea. “My parents were completely against it,” Disalvo told me in an interview. “They would take away my modem and cut me off from the internet. I was told to quit many times, because they thought I was wasting my time.” Image credit: Immortals. Some friends, too, told Disalvo he should just give…

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Blizzard has announced Overwatch’s D.Va will join Heroes of the Storm, and she’ll be a Warrior class

Blizzard has announced Overwatch’s D.Va will join Heroes of the Storm, and she’ll be a Warrior class. Here’s the new cinematic featuring D.Va fighting alongside fellow Overwatch fighter Genji. Both appear as part of the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update rolling out today and tomorrow. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Pro Overwatch Player Dropped By His Team Over Racist Rant, Results In Him Ending His Career

A top-rated eSports player has called it quits shortly after he was dropped by his team for going on a racist rant during an Overwatch livestream. Toronto Esports announced that it had released Matt “Dellor” Vaughn from the organization as he had breached his contract by using “abusive and discriminatory racial language.” Here’s what happened. Vaughn was playing a ranked Overwatch match when a Widowmaker, who he accuses of cheating, in the opposing team ended up eliminating him. That’s when he repeated the same racial slur over and over again for a good 30 seconds (view video here at your own risk – it’s pretty loud) and once the incident was brought to light, Toronto Esports understandably wasted no time in letting him go. “Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero-tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination,” said President Ryan Pallett. Over on TwitLonger, Dellor offered an apology and said that he understood the decision. In a separate post on Twitter, he announced that he was quitting eSports for good. Having seen the video, however, chances of another team wanting to hire Vaughn seem slim to none even if he decided to stay in the game. Hopefully, lessons have READ…


Pro Overwatch Team Can’t Shake Controversy, Loses Two More Players

Lunatic Hai is far and away one of the best Overwatch teams in the world right now. Despite (or perhaps, because of) that, they’ve recently become a lightning rod for controversy. Advertisement Mere days after Lunatic Hai added two new alternate players, DPS Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-Beom and flex Lee “claris” Keon-Ho, both have stepped down due to recently unearthed controversies. This comes in the wake of a February incident in which two other Lunatic Hai alternate players left the team due to relationships with female fans that were deemed inappropriate. According to Dot Esports, Claris has been accused of, among other things, using cheat software, boosting, and poor sportsmanship. He says those things aren’t true, but he’s felt a lot of pressure in the wake of the controversy, so he’s taking a break from professional Overwatch. Advertisement The situation with Munchkin is messier. Shortly after announcing that Munchkin would join the team, Lunatic Hai acknowledged that Munchkin previously had an alternate account he used for the purposes of basically, well, being an asshole. He’d also effectively lied about his identity, as the account was registered READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Overwatch Game Director: Three Standard Maps “Looking Likely” to Release This Year

[embedded content] Posting in a forum thread asking if two maps a year was enough, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan revealed that Blizzard has three standard maps in development right now, and all three could be out by the end of 2017. Additionally, they have three non-standard maps in development, but a release window wasn’t given for them. Here’s Kaplan’s full comment: We currently have 3 maps in development, all past the initial playtesting phase that are “standard” maps (QP/Comp). While something could always change, all 3 of those are looking likely for a release this year. We also have 3 non-standard maps in development (these won’t go in QP/Comp). We also have a few other experiments going on. Hopefully this will satisfy some of what you’re looking for. We want to play on these maps as badly as you guys do. We’ll work as fast as we can! In the above video, Kaplan responds to some of the comments from IGN readers. About halfway through, he reveals that he’s bought “at least three copies” with his own money. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the Uprising event in Overwatch is only available for one more week. What do you READ FULL…

Overwatch Pro's Racist Tirade Ends His Career

Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment Most pros’ careers end in injury, deteriorating mechanical skill, or just when their interest in competing runs dry. Toronto Esports’ Matt “Dellor” Vaughn opted for a different end: A very long, very public stream of racial slurs during an Overwatch game. Advertisement Vaughn, a 28-year-old adult, was playing a ranked match in Overwatch. His opponent’s Widowmaker was making a few too many accurate shots, and Vaugn took umbrage. His response was to yell the N-word into his microphone using the game’s voice chat system, as the rest of his team listened on. Below is the video (via PVP Live), though be warned, he really goes on for a while, literally repeating the N-word for just shy of 30 seconds with a few adjectives near the end, and the audio can get a bit loud. What Vaughn seemingly didn’t realize was that he was streaming to his Twitch followers, one of which was quick to capture and upload the rant in its entirety. Toronto Esports responded by releasing Vaughn: “Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero- tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination,” said President Ryan Pallett. “Immediately upon…


Honorable Overwatch Pro Spares Apparently Lagging Opponent

Robert “shadder2k” Mocanu is one of the best Genji players in professional Overwatch. This weekend, he proved that he was not just a great player but also a pretty nice dude. Advertisement shadder2k and his cohorts in Team Liquid faced off against EnVyUs on Watchpoint Gibraltar during this weekend’s HND Overwatch Invitational. The most remarkable thing about the match is what he didn’t do. After Liquid manages to push the payload to the first checkpoint, shadder2k climbed to the top level and began to harass the enemy team. Here, he runs into Lui “Lui” Olivares’s Soldier 76. Pegging him a few times with throwing stars, shadder2k backs off when he realizes that Lui isn’t responding. It’s unclear why he is frozen. The moment seems lost on the announcers but chat was more enthusiastic, painting shadder2k as a good-sporting chap deciding to spare a lagging opponent. Advertisement “Nice guy shadder stopped shooting,” one commenter said. “Shadder being a gentleman,” another said. This display of battlefield chivalry comes shortly after a shake up in EnVyUs’ roster. Earlier that day, Dennis “HULK” Hawelka left the team to join READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Ghost Recon Wildlands Tops UK Sales Charts For 4th Time This Year

The 15th week of the 2017 UK Sales Charts are in, and like the 14th week, Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is once again the top dog, a title it has held now for the fourth …Read More The post Ghost Recon Wildlands Tops UK Sales Charts For 4th Time This Year by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Stephens College Becomes First Women’s School to Offer eSports Scholarship

As eSports continues to gain prominence around the world, one college in the US has become the first all-women’s school to sponsor a varsity eSports program and is already assembling an Overwatch team for Fall 2017. Missouri-based Stephens College’s president Dianne Lynch told ESPN that the school started putting together a plan over a year ago and Overwatch couldn’t have come at a better time. Although women’s eSports teams already exist, Stephens College’s program is the first of its kind at least in the US. “We always consider ourselves early adopters, or a kayak in the water, as I would say, rather than an ocean liner, ” said Lynch. “We have the capacity and the appetite for doing something new that allows us to say, ‘Let’s try this.’” ESPN points out that there’s no infrastructure currently in place for eSports under the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Therefore, Stephens’ team will operate under the Information Technology department for the time being. “There are multiple kinds of athletics, and this is just a new kind,” explained Lynch. “It’s different, and it looks different, and it feels different, but it is, as you know, one of the most rapidly growing industries and athletic events…