Blizzard’s esports unit has taken a beating in the wake of Activision-Blizzard’s massive round of layoffs earlier this year, and the resulting hit to morale among those left is leading to some high profile departures from the company. Kim Phan, currently the global product director for Blizzard Esports, is said to be leaving the company after 13 years.
We won’t see Super Smash Bros on home computers any time soon, but there are plenty of alternatives to Nintendo’s mascot fighter if you don’t specifically need to see Link and Mario going at it. The latest is Super Smashwatch – yet another bewilderingly lavish custom mode in the Overwatch Workshop, and one that stands comfortable alongside other Super Smash Bros PC alternatives.
Nate Nanzer, the commissioner of Blizzard’s Overwatch League, has announced he is leaving the position. He will take on a position with Epic Games overseeing competitive Fortnite at Epic Games.
The latest Overwatch PTR has brought some new features big enough to overshadow the balance changes, but there’s a McCree buff in there that players are starting to take notice of. The gunslingers has gotten a small boost to his fire recovery time, but it’s a bigger deal than it appears – even if it’s not quite as flashy as the new replay feature.
Overwatch is turning three years old this summer, and in accordance with tradition will celebrate the date with a three-week anniversary event that brings back all the seasonal brawls and loot from the past.
Looking for a dash of ornithology with your Overwatch? Probably not, but you might be excited to learn that one particularly inventive player has re-created the (in)famously entertaining sidescroller Flappy Bird in-game with Pharah.
Overwatch has portals – thanks, Symmetra – but they don’t tend to provide the same sort of high-flying fun you’d get out of the industry-standard portal guns manufactured by Aperture Science. Thankfully, the recently launched Workshop has given players a chance to rectify this horrible oversight, and we’ve now got a proper portal gun to play with.
Activision Blizzard says that it’s looking to develop the Overwatch universe. In an earnings call that took place earlier this week, Blizzard president J Allen Brack told investors that the game’s development team is continuing to work on the game, but also to attempt to grow the scope of the world around it.