February 18, 2020

The Meteoric Growth of Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege is one of the greatest modern case studies for how to build an esport. Last weekend, the Six Invitational dominated streaming platforms with over 5 million hours watched over the entire event. The year-over-year growth of Rainbow Six is a testament to Ubisoft’s focus on competitive gameplay, willingness to implement community […]

February 7, 2020

Through the Eyes of the Tank: Reinhardt

Overwatch launched in 2016 and starred the sturdy main tank, Reinhardt. Reinhardt Wilhelm is a large German man with serious firepower behind his suit of armor and hammer. A sturdy tank and a solid offensive spearhead, Reinhardt can carry games by himself if he has enough healing. But that doesn’t mean carrying games alone should […]

February 6, 2020

2020 Overwatch League preview

Season 3 for the 2020 Overwatch League kicks off this weekend at 1 PM EST  in New York on Saturday, Feb 8. Unlike previous seasons, OWL will no longer be available to watch on Twitch, moving instead to an exclusivity contract with Youtube. Alongside these changes Blizzard has implemented a slew of format changes designed […]

January 31, 2020

Overwatch patch nerfs must-pick heroes

Blizzard’s first-person shooter released their new retail patch notes that are looking to end the current Overwatch meta as fans know it. The new hero updates allow players to stray away from the 100 percent pick rate heroes that dominated Overwatch and their competitive ladder the past two ranked seasons. As players theory-craft and discover […]

January 6, 2020

Through the Eyes of the Healer: Mercy

Dr. Angela Ziegler, better known as Mercy, is a guardian angel to most and an angel of death to some. She debuted alongside 11 others when Overwatch was first announced in November 2014. Her ease of use and resurrection ability makes her a quick learn for most new players, but according to Overbuff, her overall pick […]

January 3, 2020

2020 OWL burdens teams with big travel costs

With Blizzard’s plans for Overwatch League’s international roadshow quickly approaching, many begin to question the viability of the impending travel costs. Both physical and financial costs may be too much for players. Blizzard released this information in August 2019 along with their entire schedule for 2020. However, the conversation about the changes never made headway […]

December 16, 2019

Overwatch prodigy signed at 13 years old

Contenders team Uprising Academy, owned by Overwatch League’s Boston Uprising, signed Michael “RhynO” Willoughby to their roster. Now being the youngest professionally signed Overwatch player, RhynO, officially committed to the Boston Uprising Academy team. After a recent top-four finish at the National Championship Series (NCS), he got recognized and officially signed by the organization. Michael […]

November 21, 2019

Path to Pro: Overwatch

Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League has rapidly become a prominent titan within the esports scene. The heavily funded franchise league is host to the highest level of international Overwatch competition found anywhere in the world.  OWL’s highly televised matches have created massive fan followings, turning players and teams into esports celebrities. Professional players enjoy contracts with […]

November 21, 2019

Overwatch League Off-Season is full of Changes

Nov 15 has come and gone which means that each Overwatch League team is now required to have eight players under contract, and all players who are unsigned are free agents. Overwatch has a sign and trade deadline set for June 15, 2020, but there have already been plenty of big changes over the off-season. […]

November 15, 2019

Immortals Group sells Houston Outlaws to the Beasley Media Group

Immortals Gaming Club (IGC) has announced the sale of the Overwatch League franchise, Houston Outlaws, to the Beasley Media Group. IGC acquired the Houston Outlaws franchise when they bought all the assets of Infinite Esports & Entertainment in June 2019 for $100 million. IGC is already an investor in the Overwatch League as they own […]

November 13, 2019

Why Are High Schools Adding Esports Programs?

Esports is no longer a niche industry, with projected 2019 revenues at over $1.1 billion and growing. Even as the industry leaders continue to attract multi-million dollar investments, esports is rapidly penetrating the grassroots of the American education system. There is a growing acceptance of esports in high schools and universities. Esports is no longer […]

November 7, 2019

WeWork Plans “Play By We” Esports Division

Real Estate company WeWork has released job listings and legal filings that show their plans to launch a new esports related venture. The new division, dubbed Play By We, will focus on renting spaces for esports tournaments and other gaming-related events. WeWork has already started to hire new employees to oversee this expansion. This isn’t […]

November 4, 2019

Overwatch 2 Announced: New Heroes, Modes, Maps and More!

It had already been rumored to be in development for a few days now, but Blizzard finally announced Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon this past Friday, Nov 1. Overwatch’s much-anticipated sequel was given no release date, but judging by the trailer shown at Blizzcon, and the fact that BlizzCon attendees could already play the game, it’s […]

November 4, 2019

Team USA take Overwatch Cup with Dominant Performance

This weekend BlizzCon returned and with it the Overwatch World Cup (OWC). The balance to the Overwatch League’s more club-based competition, the OWC pits national teams against each other. Not surprisingly, the countries with the most OWL players tend to have an edge in this tournament. This doesn’t mean there can’t be upsets though and, […]

October 25, 2019

Overwatch League shoutcaster Seth King shares his perspective

The Overwatch League may arguably be the fastest-growing esports league of all-time since its inception in 2017. It has become a highly distinctive association due to its unique blend of teams from around the world. It became the first major esports league to have city-based franchised teams, similarly to how other traditional sports leagues are […]

October 16, 2019

Overwatch Contenders Gauntlet champion crowned

Element Mystic defeated Atlanta Academy on Sunday, October 13, taking home the trophy at the Overwatch Contenders Gauntlet final. The final two matches of the tournament showed unexpected results. Firstly, the loser’s bracket, which saw the Korean team, RunAway, face off against North American team Atlanta Academy, finished with a heartbreaking loss for RunAway. But […]

October 15, 2019

Blizzard cancels Overwatch launch event at Nintendo World Store NYC

NEW YORK–Blizzard has canceled its Overwatch launch event that was set to take place on Wednesday at the Nintendo World Store in New York City. Today should have been a good press day for Blizzard. Amidst all the controversy they are currently facing, Overwatch Legendary Edition launched today on the Nintendo Switch and is now […]

October 11, 2019

Getting into Esports: Overwatch

Jumping into esports can be daunting, especially with Overwatch. There’s a lot happening all the time and it can get overwhelming. This guide will ease those anxieties and help new players learn about how the game is played. The best thing anyone can recommend when trying to get into a new esport is to simply […]

October 10, 2019

2019 Overwatch World Cup Preview

Blizzcon is less than a month away, and that means teams and players from countries all over the world are preparing for the Overwatch World Cup. This event showcases the top players all over the world playing for their respective countries. Here is a look at the teams and some of the top players that […]

October 9, 2019

5 Overwatch characters that Smash needs

Not long after Overwatch was officially announced for the Nintendo Switch, fans began speculating whether any Overwatch heroes will find their way to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Recently the director of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan announced that he would give permission for Smash to use his beloved characters. Here are five Overwatch heroes fans would love […]

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