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Overwatch – new cybersport hit?

Overwatch – new cybersport hit?

Red Fox Insights followed the Overwatch and the anticipated surge that caused the game to the eSports (cybersport) scene.

Overwatch esport

607 survey of the target audience of gamers have been conducted that have asked whether they watch the cyber competition on a weekly basis. Responded positively asking for some of the upcoming FPS they followed most readily – Battleborn, LawBreakers or Overwatch. In 75.6% of cases it was the Overwatch.

  • Look eSports every week: 75.15% more like Overwatch
  • All respondents: 68.86% more like Overwatch

Overwatch Focus on e-sports

Creating a new phenomenon in eSports – is a complex and unpredictable process. Developers and publishers announce competitive games and declare their intention to bring them in cyber disciplines. But by themselves, such statements do not guarantee that the game will gather around the lively community. To this end, it should be something exceptional, it must be spectacular and include a space for the development of game skills and comparisons of competitive ability.

Overwatch meets these criteria and therefore attracts more attention.

Partnership in eSports

Overwatch competitive open
Open beta test ended in Overwatch, and took part in it by millions of players. Released on May 24 and we’re seeing more and more signs of the future success of the new game from Activision Blizzard. ESPN recently explained why Overwatch waiting popularity of eSports. Professional teams such as Cloud9, Luminosity Gaming and Team Liquid, already selected and recorded Overwatch compositions. For tournaments, the game has already found sponsors and made up the schedule. Close partner in the face of Dolby «sponsor the tournament Overwatch, which will be held a few days after release.” The prize pool will be $ 10,000.

The growth of eSports community

Overwatch cybersport
Major partners and well-known teams have already noticed the potential of Overwatch. However, the main factor determining success is the community of gamers, watching games and participating in them.


Scott Mercer, chief designer of Overwatch, well aware of the importance of the eSports community. In an interview with ESPN, Scott says:

“We understand that we can not achieve the popularity of Overwatch in eSports, just make the game exciting. It is necessary that at it was fun to watch. We must give the commentators the tools to not only explain to the audience what is happening, but also to tell amazing stories … We have also applied for potential ideas in the field of conventional sport broadcasting to the professionals. So we have something to strive for in terms of functionality broadcasts Overwatch, and we will continue to work in this direction. “

Red Fox Insights study shows that Blizzard efforts were not in vain.

Blizzard not only has ideas for new maps and characters, they consider the best option “to add them in the form of free patches, not in the form of [paid] DLC“.

Free DLC will maintain interest in the game, not allowing the separation of the players on those who bought and who have not acquired the paid content.


Interest of professional teams, in addition to other familiar shooter game style, attracts sponsorships money, and focus on strengthening of community growth. A mass audience attracted to simplified management and entertainment. All indications are that the Overwatch waiting eSports (cybersport) success after release.

Red Fox Insights study includes 607 interviews and more than 7800 responses from the target audience of gamers with site

  • 93.8% of them are men, 6.2% women
  • 51.4% in the 18-24 age group
  • 31.3% aged 25-34 years
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Riot: Live/Play, new client. Footballer that choose eSport

Riots: Live/Play, new client. Footballer that choose eSport

Draft-pick in new client

Riot new LoL client

Riot Games already testing testing new client of League of Legends, and the new update will add to it the draft pick – an integral part of the rank of games where you can beat the opponent before the game.

The team has worked on the system, highlighting the steps of draft and their significance. For example, bans on stage now highlighted much brighter than it is now on the primary client. In addition, the Champions now react on their ban, they say some new phrases. Firstly draft-pick will be tested in the casual(quick) games, and only then, when the Riot make sure that everything works as it should, in the customer’s alpha introduce ranking games and the accompanying tables, statistics, divisions and other .

At the same time very soon the store will appear in the client, which will open the opportunity to make purchases for real money. In other words, the new client is close enough to a state where developers will be able to replace the current version, which really is time to rest.


Riot live/play

If you actively follow the Riot Games out of League of Legends, you probably are familiar with her documentaries that illuminate the lives of ordinary players of the most popular MOBA and their history.

Live / Play – just a documentary, which this year decided to split into several mini-movies. Trailer of the series already appeared on the network, and in addition to all the rest you can see the popular YouTuber Foxdrop known as one of the best foresters among the creators of video content on the League of Legends.

It remains to look forward to the beginning of the series.

eSport > Sport

Brazilian footbaler

27-year-old Brazilian footballer Wendell Lira, being a professional player of the FIFA, decided to leave the real sport, and to go into the virtual to become a pro player and a champion in one of the most famous football simulator from EA.

Until recently, Wendell was a player of one of Brazilian football clubs, Goianesia, as a striker. However, after he won FIFA’s 2015 Puskas Award for the best year and has signed a contract with another club, Vila Nova. Footballers things went no better, and in May this year, a few days before the 9th anniversary of his professional career Lira broke an agreement with the club, and after some hesitation decided to go in eSports.