It’s the week of September 13, and there’s a bevvy of hot going-ons in the Overwatch gaming landscape.
Loot Box Glitches Abound
We all love our Overwatch loot boxes, whether we earn them via levelling up, completing weekly tasks, or just flat-out buying them. One of the latest loot box bugs that have been popping up recently initially makes you look like that you opened up an empty loot box.
Here’s the thing: you actually get loot from the box, but the bug makes it invisible, according to lead software engineer Bill Warnecke.
The other reported bug might be subjective, as it makes players receive a suspect amount of duplicates. To recap, Blizzard announced that the loot box system is modified so that the number of duplicates you receive from loot boxes are reduced and are instead replaced with credits.
A Blizzard support agent who goes by Drakuloth posted the following on the official forums:
“We still have no confirmed cases of situations where a duplicate was received and credits were not granted. Thus far, it’s all been misremembering the details. Keep in mind that there are about 3000 unlockable items in the game right now. It’s extremely hard (I would go so far as to say impossible for most of us) for our minds to keep track of that many things at once, especially when we consider that some items are only available for some characters, and some are available for all characters. Fortunately, we’ve got logs on our end that can confirm this.”
The support agent is currently going through some player complaints and sifting through logs to resolve these discrepancies.
Junkertown Will Be Released On September 19
Via this behind-the-scenes video from Blizzard. For those who don’t know, this is an Escort map where the attacking team escorts the payload into Junkertown from the outskirts to the scrapyard. The defending team has a number of choke points and shortcuts to flank, though the attackers can use it to reach the scrapyard area.
On a related note, the new Mercy and D.Va reworks will be available on the same date; both Junkertown and the character updates are on the current Public Test Realm Patch (patch 1.15).
Baseball Team Co-Owner Buys Overwatch League Slot For US$20M
Is anyone in Southeast Asia remotely interested in baseball? No? Well at least the sum amount of money in this story may prove more interesting.
According to an ESPN report, Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman recently invested in North American esports organization OpTic Gaming, which allows them to secure the Houston Overwatch League slot for US$20 million. OpTic is reportedly looking to drop more money on a North American League of Legends Championship Series spot too.
Leibman is one of the few wealthy individuals who bought an Overwatch League slot; another Texas Rangers co-owner named Kenneth Hersh also invested US$35 million into Team EnVyUS and got an Overwatch League slot in Dallas.
Team EnVy US Launches Cooking Show
Speaking of esport organizations getting Overwatch League slots in America, Team EnVY US just started a cooking programme on YouTube called “Envy Eats”. The first episode is presented by Overwatch pro player Timo “Taimou” Kettunen and he shows us how to cook “Taimou-style” meatballs.
It ain’t Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube, but at least it shows that even the busiest of pro gamer have time to cook. So really, you have no excuse to miss out on such life lessons.
Here’s Your Play Of The Week
Overwatch player Aliksandr pulled off a sick High Noon Ultimate with a well-timed Graviton Surge next to the Route 66 payload.