Overwatch Gets Brand New Patch; New Map And Skins Available For Everyone


Twitch Is Now The Only Third-Party Place To Watch Blizzard Tournaments

Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment Video streaming platform Twitch announced a two-year collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment today, where the service will receive exclusive third-party streaming rights to tournaments like the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship and Overwatch APEX League. As esports continues to expand, securing broadcast rights will start to become a growing contest in the industry. Much like bidding for the rights to broadcast Monday Night Football, locking down the exclusive stream for a major esports league means guaranteeing all eyes are on your channel. A spokesman for Twitch confirmed the company would maintain the third-party rights. Outside of Blizzard’s own platforms, only Twitch will broadcast Blizzard tournaments—no YouTube, Facebook or other platforms—for the next two years. Advertisement When asked about whether it would extend to the upcoming Overwatch League, a Twitch spokesman said that the deal currently extends to the events announced in the initial release, and any additional programs will be announced at a later date. The tournaments this deal currently covers are: Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS Circuit) Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) Hearthstone Global Games (HGG) World of Warcraft Arena READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Overwatch’s new map, Horizon Lunar Colony, is now live.

Overwatch’s new map, Horizon Lunar Colony, is now live. Overwatch’s new map, Horizon Lunar Colony, is now live. After a few weeks on the PTR, the loony getaway is out alongside a patch that makes changes to McCree, Reaper, and Roadhog. Check out Cecilia’s impressions of the map here. Kotaku PC games and (sometimes) MMA reporter person. Mindless vessel for a sentient mop of hair. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


New Overwatch Update Today Adds the Horizon Lunar Colony Map

[embedded content] With the new Overwatch update now rolling out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Blizzard has added the Horizon Lunar Colony Assault map. Here’s the description for Horizon Lunar Colony: Horizon Lunar Colony is an Assault map set in a scientific base on the moon. Built as a first step towards humanity’s renewed exploration of space, the colony’s goal was to examine the effects of prolonged extraterrestrial habitation—on human and ape alike. The scientists’ research proved incredibly promising…until, suddenly, all contact and communications with the base were lost. Now, many years later, attacking and defending teams must return to the moon and battle for control of the colony’s facilities, all while they discover clues as to the fate of its previous inhabitants. On their forums, Blizzard said Horizon Lunar Colony would be disabled in Competitive Play for the first week, but then later revealed that the server tech to do that isn’t available yet: Apologies everyone but I was mistaken about Horizon Lunar Colony being disabled in Competitive Play during this week. We are considering this for future map releases but server tech for it isn’t available right now. New heroes are disabled for the first week, READ FULL STORY…

After Dropping A Tier, I Am Freaking Out About My Overwatch Rank

After a difficult string of placement matches for the current Overwatch competitive season, the unthinkable happened. I dropped to a lower tier. I had spent multiple seasons comfortably sitting in the Platinum tier, and suddenly I was Gold. I have become obsessed with undoing this demotion. I like to think that I’m a decent video game player. In most games, I straddle the line between intermediate and advanced. Sure, I have bad games now and then, such as a recent Quake Champions game during which I demonstrated a reckless disregard for the movement techniques I mastered years ago. But in general, I know I’m pretty good at video games. Not great but still dang good. With Overwatch, I’ve consistently ranked in the Platinum tier each time I’ve made the effort to qualify. Until now. The criteria for Overwatch ranks is unclear at times but the progression of ranks is straightforward: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grandmaster. There’s also a separate rank for the top 500 players. You’re given an initial rank after ten placement matches and can work up to the next through strong individual play and winning matches. I’ve been content with a consistent Platinum that signals…


UK Retail Sales Charts May 2017: Injustice on Top, Prey at No.2

May 2017 NPD Sales Charts: PS4 and Injustice 2 Top Hardware and Software

Sony Interactive Entertainment, NetherRealm Studios, and Warner Bros. top May 2017’s sales charts in the United States with the PS4 and Injustice 2 respectively. …Read More The post May 2017 NPD Sales Charts: PS4 and Injustice 2 Top Hardware and Software by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


Horizon: Zero Dawn Returns to the Top in This Week’s UK Sales Chart; ARMS Debuts at No.2

Horizon: Zero Dawn returns to the top of the UK sals charts for the second time this year. Meanwhile, ARMS has the 4th best Switch launch for the year, debuting at No.2. …Read More The post Horizon: Zero Dawn Returns to the Top in This Week’s UK Sales Chart; ARMS Debuts at No.2 by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


Damn, This Overwatch Pro Is Good At Widowmaker

GIF During yesterday’s European Overwatch Contenders group stage, Esporati player DIDS put together a highlight reel of Widowmaker shots in short succession to secure the round. In my own experience, a Widowmaker on offense is usually a bad sign. But utilizing Widow’s mobility and power, DIDS makes quick work of the low-health line-up of Team Expert. Impressive stuff. I’m hoping my next Overwatch competitive game has more Widowmakers of this caliber. Regardless, the match ended 3-1 in Expert’s favor, and Esporati ended the day 0-3 in group play. Advertisement Advertisement The North American group stages kick off later today, with teams like Selfless, CLG, Immortals and Luminosity all competing. You can follow the action when it goes live on the Overwatch Contenders Twitch channel. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Overwatch New Map Coming Next Week, Open Division Announced

If you don’t care about E3 2017 and just want to play Overwatch, then you’re in luck! Blizzard Entertainment has announced that a new Overwatch map is coming next week on June 20! Called the “Horizon Lunar Colony,” the map is all about the moon, as one can expect. You can check out the developers talking about the map, as well as snippets of the level in the video below. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch’s newest map! The journey to Horizon Lunar Colony begins: 6.20.2017 pic.twitter.com/Q8N6C8un8z — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) June 13, 2017 For those who play Overwatch competitively, then Blizzard has just the thing to help you in your quest to become a pro gamer. Blizzard has launched the Overwatch “Open Division,” which you can read about here. THE PATH TO STARDOM BEGINS HERE If you’re ranked Master or higher, assemble your team to compete in the Overwatch Open Division. This entry-level program for aspiring professionals will be the proving ground where players can test their strengths as teammates. HONE YOUR SKILLS IN QUICK PLAY Hit the Quick Play card to begin your training. Learn the basics of team roles and experiment with heroes in unranked play…


Overwatch’s Tracer Receives a Figma Statue Available Now for Pre-Order


I Can't Handle Overwatch Voice Actors Doing Their Dance Emotes

GIF Holy shit. I can’t deal with this. This video killed me. I am dead now. Over the last year, it’s been awesome to see the voice actors behind our favorite Overwatch characters hang out and have a good time with one another. They all genuinely seem like best buds. But this footage above by sweeetanj, AKA Anjali Bhimani of Symmetra fame? It’s on a whole other level. You’ve got almost everyone here, from Winston to Orisa, which is a treat. Even when they’re not dancing very well, it’s a hoot. East coast beats west coast’s ass for sure. Of course Lucio can do the splits. And that black and white Widowmaker footage is obligatory. Amazing. GIF READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Dota 2

What Makes Hooks So Damn Good In Competitive Video Games

GIF The hook is a simple but effective tool in games: a chain, thrown accurately, pulling enemies back to their likely doom. But in the realm of competitive games, hooks seem almost ubiquitous. The reason why a hook is a near-necessity for any competitive game, is simple: They’re the biggest moments in games, boiled down to a single throw. Ed Boon’s yellow ninja may be one the of the earliest examples (as long as we’re not counting Bionic Commando), but the hook really seemed to stick in most with the MOBA crowd. Starting with Defense of the Ancients, a mod for WarCraft III that popularized the concept of pushing lanes and destroying ancients, there was one character that stood out from the rest, a sack of flesh and guts called Pudge. Pudge was modeled after the Abomination unit, and alongside being able to rot the air around him and chop up enemies, he could throw a hook. This hook, if it landed, pulled back whatever unit it hit. By itself, it was a strong tool for displacing enemies; combined with his powerful but short-ranged skills, it was a brutal means of picking off heroes. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Finally, Good Overwatch Figures!

For a game where half the fun is just loving its cast, Blizzard has been slow getting quality Overwatch figures onto the market. Pop Vinyls should be shot into the sun, and the Nendoroids were a start, but Good Smile has now stepped up with a Figma based on Tracer. Due out in December, it’ll run to around USD$55 and comes with three faces, her pistols and a pulse bomb. As you can see on Good Smile’s site, while Tracer is the first announced Figma, there’s room on that roster page for a lot more. Starting with Halloween Mercy, if you don’t mind. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!