Showing posts with label Blizzard Entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blizzard Entertainment. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twitch Paid $90 Million for Overwatch League Exclusive Deal

With the recent news of live streaming video platform Twitch and game developer studio Blizzard Entertainment made an exclusive deal for Overwatch League which starts on January 10, it became pretty evident that the world of such esports tournaments holds a lot of potential for the growth of the industry. Taking over the broadcasting rights for the contests for the next two seasons surely have cost Twitch a big buck and many were really interested to know the amount they have spent for it.

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Twitch Overwatch League Exclusive Deal

RELATED: Overwatch League is Exclusively on Twitch

Out of the curiosity, we searched for it and found out that reportedly, Twitch has just paid up whooping $90 million dollars cash to secure rights over Overwatch League and we have a recent Tweet from @VentureBeat to back that up.



Whatever big bucks Twitch have paid over this deal is almost exactly one tenth of what the company was sold over for to Amazon back in 2014. The company bought Twitch for over $970 million at that time. However, neither of Blizzard or Twitch has made any official statement on the deemed dollar amount to confirm the news on the air.

RELATED: Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

As the Overwatch League kicks off with San Francisco Shock taking on Los Angeles Valiant at the launch event, Blizzard has introduced new Overwatch skins collaborating with Twitch. There are 312 skins which is one for each hero from all 12 different teams. These new skins can be found on a new in-game tab and costs $5 each. However, the developer was generous enough to offer up 100 free tokens for every Overwatch players to start with as an in-game reward.

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Twitch and Blizzard Join Forces

RELATED: Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

Blizzard already struck a deal with Twitch prior to become the premiere partner for competition events on games like Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch from the game developer studio. This new deal has definitely taken their business relationship further and it won't be surprising if Twitch ended up with some more major announcements at the upcoming BlizzCon this year.

Overwatch is a multiplayer online shooter that is available worldwide to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Like Dota 2 or any other competitive online games, Overwatch doesn't have that much of celebrated gamers but it does have the potential to be all the good things. After the hyped up Overwatch League is over whether it turns out successful or not, the face of esports is going to change forever.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Overwatch League is Exclusively on Twitch

This January 10, 2018, is marked to be the for the first Overwatch League tournament, which will take the standards of esports to another level. Realizing the potential of this contest, live streaming video platform Twitch have just announced that they have secured a media rights partnership deal for Overwatch League for the next two years with the game's creator studio Blizzard Entertainment, which will give them access to broadcast the contest live worldwide.

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Overwatch League is Exclusively on Twitch

RELATED: Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

The first match of the tournament will take place between the San Francisco Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant, which starts at 4PM PST, on January 10. You can watch all the past matches that are archived on the Videos tab of the site and live matches will be available to watch on Twitch and at mlg.tv. Aside from Twitch, Blizzard's very own Overwatch League website will also be broadcasting match feeds as well as their app on smart phones.

RELATED: Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

As the exclusive worldwide third-party broadcaster for Overwatch League, Twitch will be streaming matches in English, French and Korean. However, China does not include being in this deal. The partnership also brings unique reward system for the most dedicated viewers of the league with Overwatch in-game exclusive items. In celebration of the event's launch, a new update released by Blizzard Entertainment introduced a couple of new skins.

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Overwatch League at Blizzard Arena

Since various professional Overwatch teams will try to take on each other in this team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter, the arena is about to become a center of interest for millions of esports spectators. Blizzard Entertainment presents Overwatch is currently available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Overwatch Free Weekend Is Coming

Like many other big-shot studios in the gaming industries, Blizzard Entertainment has also realizes the necessity to explore the fever of free weekend and they are throwing us a free weekend for Overwatch. Yes, you can now enjoy this team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter from Blizzard for free later this month in a free weekend from the developers.

Overwatch Free Weekend Is Coming

All you need to enter the world of Overwatch is a PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One on the free weekend. Players will find a trial version to download on their respective console systems. Also, you will be needing either the PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscriptions to play on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Those who wishes to play the game on PC on free weekend will need to download the Blizzard's Battle.net app from battle.net

RELATED: Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

Under this free weekend initiative, you will be allowed to test out all 26 playable characters of Overwatch, as well as explore the 16 existing maps. Arcade, Custom Games, Loot Boxes and Quick Play are all open to take part in. Competitive games however, are off limits for now. Finally, all the progress you have made during the free weekend period will be carried over to the main game if you choose to purchase the game in the end.

RELATED: Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

Overwatch’s free weekend will officially start on Friday, November 17 at 11 a.m. PT and will end Monday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m. PT. There is one last thing that we would like to mention as a friendly reminder is that although the game is available on all major platforms, it will not be up for any cross-platform play but probably you already knew that right?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

During BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment had a surprise for all the Overwatch fans and it's about a new character. A new support hero . . . err, heroine is being added to the roster, who is actually more of an antagonist as she works for Talon organization and the 26th playable character of the game. Her name is Moira and she is great for both recovery and attack.

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Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

With a long-range beam called Coalescence, she can drain the life-force of her opponents and then using that energy, she can heal her teammates with biotic spray. This happens to be Moira's main attack. Moira's "Fade" power allows her to teleport from situations if she is cornered but it also is a great mobility option for the hero even if it has a short range. Players may find this a bit identical to Reaper's Wraith Form and who knows; maybe they're even connected somehow. Just saying!

RELATED: Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

There is a short clip below that focuses on her motives and few takes from her gameplay which you better take a look at while we talk more about her.




After a while, it might seem that she might be a bold retake on the sniper Ana but whether or not it is true, she will heal you up if she is on your team or give you some serious damage if you are on the other side of her allegiance by sending out her bouncing "Biotic Orbs". You can even compare her to a more hostile version of Symmetra but still, she has superior mobility and long-range for attacks.

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Moira's Coalescence Attack

Then there comes her Ultimate attack, which is a massive beam of energy blast to wipe out the enemies on your way. So far, the character is full of great features and it will take people some time to figure out how to best use it as well as pointing out whatever flaw she has.

Blizzard's team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter Overwatch is available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If you're even a little bit of interested about this new support character, you should just go ahead and give it a try already. If you are a support main, you're probably gonna end up loving play as Moira and if you are not, still, chances are you will appreciate having her on your team.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

Blizzard Entertainment has been working on updates and releasing them time to time for their award-winning multiplayer online first-person shooter video game Overwatch. As we all know that they are always busy with updating the hero roster as well as bug-fixing, Blizzard has recently released a new update for the game which already went live. By the looks of it, they were primarily focusing on support character Mercy.

They have also updated the social tools so that the players can show when they are online, away, busy or appear offline as their status on PC. The last one won't hide you from your friends if you are all in a same match though.

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Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

A recent bug fix has cost Lúcio’s wall ride ability, slowing him down a bit. Now, developers are saying that his wall ride speed has been boosted up to 65% but then again, it just compensates for the reduced speed Lúcio got previously for the update. The adventurer monk Zenyatta received a few new lines of his own. Issue of visual effects regarding Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose that wasn't displaying correctly is also fixed.

Okay, let's talk about Mercy now. If you are a Mercy player then you will no longer have trouble to glide past your targeted allies and all you have to do is to use the jump key with Guardian Angel. If you activate Resurrect, your cooldown will no longer reset. Same thing goes for Valkyrie and the resurrection cooldown won't be reduced either. That means players will get a bonus Resurrection charge from now on. All of these and it makes place for a bit of flexibility.

Before, if you had two teammates to resurrect, you had to activate Valkyrie and revive the first target prior so that the Resurrect’s cooldown will reset and you will proceed with the other target. After the update gone live, now you can activate Valkyrie and resurrect both targets immediately. There was also a bug that taxed Mercy’s momentum and prevented her from properly slowing down upon cancelling Guardian Angel.

We've discussed almost every necessary aspect of the update above already, which is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, if you are feeling like checking out the details for yourself then here it goes: OVERWATCH PATCH NOTES, OCTOBER 17, 2017.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Overwatch Doomfist Comic – Masquerade

Following lots of anticipation, rumors and waiting, Doomfist finally Arrives as the 25th hero of the game Overwatch. Blizzard has already released a short-animated video featuring Doomfist's origin but to them, maybe that wasn't enough for everyone's new favorite. As there are something new happening in the game every now and then, it was about time for the fans to get some news.

A brand-new official comic featuring Doomfist is out now and it is all sorts of fun for fans of the game and regular comic-book readers. This latest installment of Overwatch digital comic from Blizzard Entertainment is titled "Masquerade!"

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Overwatch Comic – Masquerade

To the whole world Akande Ogundimu is known by the name of Doomfist, who is a member of Talon's inner council. After he was defeated and imprisoned by the international peacekeeping organization Overwatch, he finally breaks out of his captivity and decides to return to Talon's circle. As he escaped from the prison, Reaper comes to receive him and updates him about the Russian mission. Back at his feet, Doomfist is all set for starting the war that he signed up for.

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Overwatch Comics Featuring Doomfist

The plotline of this digital comic short is written by Blizzard's in house writer Michael Chu. Artist Ryan Benjamin (Batman – The Black Glove, Batman – The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul) and Anthony Washington has taken the illustration responsibility of this story. The book "Maquerade" is now available for reading or downloads at comic.playoverwatch.com but if you are looking for the full-multimedia experience with sounds and all that, then you should definitely check out Madefire Motion Book, available for desktop PC, mobile and Apple TV.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Overwatch’s New Hero Doomfist

After several months of teasing and anticipation, Doomfist finally arrives in Overwatch. For those who still wonder who this hero is Doomfist; a cybernatically enhanced offense hero from Nigeria, who mostly favors speed and he is an all in one hero packing on bulks of muscle, with a lot of hyper-enhanced attributes and one of Talon’s leaders.

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Introducing Doomfist

On July 6th, Overwatch has released an animated short to explore Doomfist's origin story. Check it out here.




Doomfist, the 25th hero of Overwatch, is now online on public test region for Window PC players and will be available on other consoles from next week. He’s got seismic slam like Hulk, a Rocket Punch for close encounters, shield called the Best Defence and an emergency uppercut that can cause damage to the body of an opponent. His ability allows him the opportunity to deal ruthlessly with a gang of opponents in a twinkle of an eye.

It is obvious that the new hero has, till now, generated a lot of buzz; indicating this is one of the game’s biggest launches in 2017. The game, likewise, comes with an exciting new classic skin and you don’t have to wait anymore. It also comes with heroic victory pose, heroic emote, default weapon skin, default voice line and, cute spray and pixel sprays. Isn’t that interesting?

Here is another video from Overwatch's official YouTube channel, where Game Director Jeff Kaplan introduces he hero with some insights for the character.




Doomfist reveals a long twisted but interesting plot to the players, who are equipped with his hand canon, most importantly, his main utility which is charging into fray with his rocket punch. He can at the same time consciously hit the ground to wave his enemies into the air for an unawares finishing. With his meteor strike, enemies are bound to fear. Thumbs up for both Blizzard and Overwatch.

Doomfist is yet another exciting player that you can’t afford to miss. So, what are you waiting for? Get online to see how it works and patiently count days as the game launches soon, in few days time.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Activision Considering Call of Duty Cinematic Universe

When Iron Man came out on 2008, only a very few people were really aware of a Cinematic Universe that Marvel was building. Today, DC Films, Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios are following the footsteps of Marvel Studios by creating their own Cinematic Universe. Following the success of that trend, video game publisher Activision Blizzard has now decided to build a movie franchise which will be a Cinematic Universe on its own and they are about to start with one of their most successful titles; Call of Duty.

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Call of Duty Cinematic Universe Announced

Almost two years ago, Activision took initiatives and announced to make successful live-action films and TV Series adaptations based on their properties. To make sure the quality of their production, they decided to do this in house. Now, with all those superhero movies breaking box-office records every other day, Activision is all set to debut their movie adaptation Call of Duty (probably in 2018) to jump-start their very own Cinematic Universe.

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Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk

Solely for adapting games into blockbuster movies and popular television series, Activision has formed Activision Blizzard Studios and tasked its co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk to oversee the project for having previous expertise in movie industries. Sher is credited for Pulp Fiction, Garden State and The Hateful Eight, whereas Van Dyk was senior executive at Disney and has worked on films like Star Wars. With so many good-to-go scripts at their hand, they are just waiting for the right one to fit for an interconnected Cinematic Universe.

Though, they are initially focused on making a Call of Duty Cinematic Universe, Van Dyk also shared the idea of a potential Overwatch movie that will have its sequels. To test the water for their venture, Activision Blizzard has already released “Skylanders” series on Netflix in 2016 that managed to garner 10 million viewers in total.