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Overwatch : Overview

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First released in May 2016, Overwatch is published by Blizzard Games. It’s a team-based first-person shooter often described as a “hero shooter.” Players form teams of six and each player can choose from over 30 of Overwatch’s “heroes.” The game follows a global crisis storyline where the heroes must restore peace.
Each hero has a unique style of play, from time-jumping adventurers to robot monks, and teams must master hero abilities and work together to secure and defend points on a map or take a payload securely across the map. This could be defending the Temple of Anubis or escorting an EMP. Players are needed for combat on the front line or for defensive cover, using hero abilities effectively is key to becoming an Overwatch pro.

As well as plenty of heroes and maps to choose from, there are new ones released on a regular basis. Players can also receive rewards such as skins and victory poses, but these don’t affect play in the game itself.

Overwatch launched initially with just casual play, but Blizzard Games later added a competitive and ranked mode as well as “arcade” style modes and a customizable server browser. Its initial beta release saw nearly 10 million players and the most recent figures in 2019 point to around 40 million monthly players.
Competitive play in Overwatch starts with the Competitive Play mode and progresses through to Overwatch League and Overwatch Path to Pro play. There are many Overwatch tournaments to join including the Overwatch Open Division and for professional players the Overwatch World Cup.
The Overwatch World Cup takes place at Blizzard Games’ annual BlizzCon event. Team USA won the Overwatch World Cup event at BlizzCon 2019, taking home $10,000, China was in second place and South Korea in third. The event had a total prize pool of $205,000.

Top Players

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Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson

Håkansson, now 21, has reportedly been gaming since the age of four after beginning playing CS:GO with his older brother. He went on to play Overwatch, postponing his final year of school to compete professionally. He has competed with IDDQD, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Cloud9 as well as the Houston Outlaws and is now focusing on his streaming career instead of competing professionally.

In his professional esports competing career he’s taken 1st place in the Carbon Masters 2016 and the Route 66 Cup 2016, as well as 1st in the DrDisrespect’s $25,000 USD Code Red Tournament – 2019, amongst other wins. He’s won over $19,000 competing professionally. 

Håkansson streams for between 4 and 12 hours per day and with an average of 4,600 viewers per stream likely earns at least $10,000 per month from streaming. He has over 450,000 followers, his highest viewer numbers has been up to 25,000 per stream and his total views are over 11 million. This streamer has streamed over 463 hours of content.

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Gael “Poko” Gouzerch

Gouzerch is 22 years old and from Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon, in France. He streams Overwatch and is a professional Overwatch esports player signed with the team Philadelphia Fusion. He has also competed professionally with GamersOrigin. 

Gouzerch has been gaming since his early childhood but he also played a number of sports including football and likes jogging. He started playing Overwatch with friends in 2016 and becoming rank 1 in his region inspired him to consider professional playing and he was then approached to join a professional esports team. 

After competing for a number of French teams, Poko joined Philadelphia Fusion in November 2017 as part of their first Overwatch line-up. He moved to the Phil_Fusion mansion to train and live with his Overwatch teammates and now competes as well as streams. 

This player and streamer has over 89,000 Twitch followers and his channel has seen over 2 million viewers. He’s in the top 50 for most watched Overwatch streamers as per Twitch Metrics.

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Jay “Sinatraa” Won

Won is 20 years old and from Seattle, US. He’s previously competed with Selfless Gaming and is now signed with San Francisco Shock. As well as being an accomplished Overwatch esports player he is also a very popular Overwatch streamer. 

Won began playing video games with his brother at around the age of five. He remembers playing Jack and Daxter on PlayStation 2 but the first esports title he played was Halo 3. At 12, he aspired to become a professional gamer and by the age of 14 began ranking highly playing Counter-Strike. He also played baseball for six years whilst at middle school and high school.

This player gained the attention of bigger teams when he represented North America for Team USA at the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. He then signed with San Francisco Shock for $150,000 per season. 

He spends about 8-12 hours per day training so doesn’t have a set streaming schedule. He has over 210,000 followers on Twitch and over 5 million channel views. He’s also won over $160,000 from esports tournaments.

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Jofi

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Clestyn

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Top Tips

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Know when to play heroes and roles

It’s great to be skilled in one or a few heroes in Overwatch but you will find that professional and advanced players are able to switch between heroes and roles depending on the game scenario. You may need to move from being a Widowmaker to a Flanker or Tracer to achieve a strategy or get out of a situation. Switching heroes means that your opposing team will also need to adapt to your team’s new threat or advantage. Sometimes you will need to be more offensive, sometimes more defensive. When you are switching heroes it’s important to remember that your team still needs a balance of skills and abilities. You won’t win with just attackers or defenders.

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Don’t forget to reload

As with many in this game genre, remembering to reload when you need to is vital for success. Getting into the habit of checking ammunition early and preparing for combat in advance will set you in good stead as you become a better player in Overwatch. It can be easy in battle to forget to reload, leaving yourself exposed. A good habit to learn is to conserve ammunition, finishing off opponents with melee in close combat so you have shots left for the next engagement. Reloading at the wrong point in the game could mean you miss a kill or get trapped or surprised by an enemy.

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Team, team, team

Overwatch is a team game, you won’t win by going out on a limb so you need to learn quickly to work as a team, stay close together and communicate as much as possible so everyone knows what everyone else is doing. 

As we mention, a team should have a balance of heroes and this is something to bear in mind if you do switch heroes, communication and awareness of your team dynamics is key here. The ideal team balance is something like two supports, two offensive players, one defensive and one tank but be open to adapting and making changes.

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Use your Ultimate ability

In Overwatch, Ultimate abilities must be charged before using and charge progress is displayed on the Ultimate Meter.  Early on it’s easy to try and save your Ultimate power for when you might need it but its also worth using the Ultimate ability often and letting it recharge to use it again and again. That said timing Ultimate ability use to the right moment and coordinating it with teammates Ultimate abilities can give you the best advantage. For example, Widowmaker’s Ultimate ability works great with Lucio’s Nano boost. Or Zarya’s Graviton Surge gives added destruction when teamed up with Reinhardt’s Earth Shatter or D.Va’s Self Destruct.

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Move, listen and adapt

There’s no camping in Overwatch, this first-person shooter demands that players keep moving at all times. There’s no staying in one place hoping to take out enemies, even for Widowmakers. Even a sniper must keep moving, pausing to take a few good shots and immediately moving onwards so as not to be taken by surprise. For any player, moving and moving fast means you won’t be a sitting duck for an opponent’s sniper. Standing still is likely to be absolutely fatal. 

Another important habit to learn in Overwatch is to listen. Enemy sounds in Overwatch can be louder than normal ones and if you hear them it’s time to take action. Using Ultimate abilities also sounds a chime that can warn other players. 

Lastly, adapt to every scenario. There will be times when its difficult to make progress or the enemy seems undefeatable. Persevere and try different ways to reach your objective, that could be trying new avenues or routes to attack even when your opponents seem too strong.

Overwatch : Game Settings

Overwatch : Game Statistics

Players

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Million

Overwatch was unveiled at BlizzCon 2014, in closed beta until early 2016, and then released in open beta where it achieved nearly 10 million players. By May 2018 it had 40 million players and it then achieved 50 million players after three years.

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Billion

Overwatch creator’s Blizzard Games revealed over $1 billion in revenue for the game in the first year of its release. 

Prize Money

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The esports tournament prize pool for Overwatch was less than $2 million in 2016 but $6.5 million by 2018.

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Millions Hours

For the 30 days prior to April 15, 2020, over 13 million hours of Overwatch streaming have been viewed on Twitch and over 880,000 hours broadcast.

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