A Collegiate Staple: Overwatch

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Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter created by Blizzard Entertainment. The game was released in May of 2016. Overwatch is played on Ps4, Xbox One, and PC. It is not cross-platform compatible at this time. Overwatch pits two teams of six players against each other. Each player selects a hero which all have a unique play style. Heroes are divided into three general subcategories- Tank, Support, and Damage (also known as DPS).

Competitive Overwatch for both ranked  and tournament play contain three different modes- Escort, Assault, and Hybrid.  On Escort the attacking team that escorts the payload the farthest wins. On Assault attacking and defending must attempt to take or defend different capture points across a map. On Hybrid the attacking squad that achieves the most capture progress on the control point and/or escorts the payload the farthest wins the game.

The base game of Overwatch costs $19.99. There also microtransactions in game that do not give any competitive advantage.

Competitive Scene-

The professional scene for Overwatch is mainly made up of the Overwatch League or OWL. It was announced in 2016 and had its inaugural season in 2018. All of the top pro teams in the world play in this League. The league is made up of 20 teams from 5 different countries.

In the collegiate scene there are two main tournament organizers- Collegiate Star League and Tespa. Both offer the opportunity for successful teams to win scholarships to help finance their college.

Quick Summary for Varsity Gaming-

Most comparable game- Team Fortress 2,  Paladins

Number of players per competitive team- 6

Cost to buy game- $19.99

Costs to be on level playing field- Free

Where to compete- CSL, Tespa

Systems- PC, Xbox, PS4

PC Requirements- Medium