Overwatch has been a popular game since it launched early last year. Over 35 million+ players have been registered to play the game, and it’s only getting bigger. But, to truly grow the brand, Blizzard has been slowly growing the esports community for the game. Sure, there’s lots of local tournaments at Cons and gaming events, but there’s also some big sponsored events, like Overwatch Contenders, and the upcoming Overwatch League. But where is it all headed? And how can you watch all of it? Well, Blizzard decided to drop some news on that via a special video.
Jeff Kaplan, the director of the game, takes center stage in the video (viewable below), and notes that he and the rest of the team are incredibly happy with how players have “grabbed onto the game” and wanted it to be the next great esports title. However, the team knows that there are issues with the esports part of the game. Mainly…it can be a pain to watch. After all, there’s a lot going on. So, the team wants to fix that.
For example, starting with the Overwatch World Cup, there will now be special “Team Uniform Palettes” that’ll help you distinguish which team is which. And this will apply to the special effects for the game as well.
They’re also going to make a special top-down interactive map for broadcast teams so that ALL of the action and players are visible, which is going to be great for the tournaments. As if that wasn’t enough, there will now be a 3rd person free camera that’ll help make watching the action even smoother, and it’ll automatically go to where the action is so you can see the great moments without worrying about cameras jerking around.
There are other smaller additions as well, be sure to watch the full video to see what else is there.