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Tired With Dive Meta, Overwatch Streamers are Moving on to Different Games

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When Dive Comp first broke on the scene of competitive Overwatch, it was a refreshing, quick change of pace to counter the triple tank meta. More supports were considered meta, and formerly off-meta tanks Winston and D.Va saw their viability increase drastically. That was months ago, however, and without any significant changes to the way the game is played, players are bored of it. No one more, apparently, than Overwatch streamers, who are leaving the game in droves.

Overwatch’s popularity, like many games, isn’t necessarily held up by its pro scene, but its streamers. While they may not be the best or most competitive of the community, steamers like Seagull, TimTheTatman, moonmoon, and DSPStanky combine for tens of thousands of viewers each day. This is so important for newer games, especially those trying to launch a multi-million dollar esports league. The meta got stale for many players months ago, but streamers powered through and didn’t care too much about it. However, putting as much time into the game as they do, a lack of any serious change has forced them to drastically reduce the time they play the game.

TimTheTatman has been a major figure in the Overwatch community since launch. His skill drops him at the lower end of streamers, but he brought over a large fan base from his time on Twitch before the game released. In post on his twitter, he wrote: “commenting on OW, I’m just at a point where I’m done with the current spot its in… this season between dive meta and what seems to be an increased amount of 1-tricks/people ‘not caring’ about their elo it’s just become frustrating.” He also spoke further on his boredom with the meta on his stream. Losing Tim’s viewers to competing games like PUBG or Rainbow Six is a huge blow to Overwatch’s presence on Twitch, as Tim was consistently the top viewed stream every night.

The proclaimed “Reddit Lucio” DSPStanky has also felt burnt out with the game, and announced he will be transitioning to a variety stream in the coming months. “Long story short,” he wrote, “I’m going to be moving away from Overwatch in the coming months. I can feel my own personal enjoyment of the game fading, and also I think my relevancy to the scene has run it’s course as well.” DSPStanky broke onto the Overwatch scene with his Lucio montages “King of Swing” and “Vindication.” He doesn’t pull the amount of views that Tim or Seagull do, but since his arrival he’s been a huge name in online communities. Losing him is another major blow to the game.

Many streamers seem to be going the way of moonmoon, who has been tired of the game for a while now. He hasn’t made any statements about leaving the game, but he’s been integrating many more games into his stream as of late, moving away from his daily ten-hour Overwatch streams. Moon brings close to 10,000 viewers per stream, so Overwatch lost another major streamer with his departure. Most of his viewers are bored with the game as well, so he has really no reason to stick with it. If they’ll watch him play something else, it seems like a win-win. This is the case for most streamers, and is Blizzards biggest problem. They need to get popular players interested again to get the fan base back into the game.

Seagull’s position is most interesting. He’s certainly the most popular Overwatch streamer, but he also plays professionally. He’s currently taking a break from professional play, and his more consistent stream schedule has seen great success (he peaked at 40,000 viewers at one point, at Doomfist’s PTR release). As arguably the most well known player on the competitive scene, his dedication to Overwatch is highly important for the longevity of the game. However, he recently commented on-stream about taking a break from the game. “Ow ranked has become really frustrating this past season… Where basically you just have one tricks every game. It feels like no one really cares about winning anymore.”

On any given night, Seagull, moonmoon, TimTheTatman, and DSPStanky combine for around 25,000-30,000 viewers. While many will simply switch to another Overwatch streamer (the most popular recently seems to be AimbotCalvin), most will stick with them and watch whatever they play. This drop in viewership is disastrous for the upcoming Overwatch League, as hardcore fans will not keep it alive on their own. Blizzard needs casual viewers to be interested enough in the game to watch it professionally. This is especially true in the case of Seagull, because if he ends up playing in the OWL, many of his viewers will follow him. If he’s getting less viewers because he’s not playing Overwatch, there will be less people to follow him.

Many of these streamers got popular playing Overwatch, so of course they’ll eventually come back. It says a lot about the current state of the game, however, if it’s most popular players are swearing it off.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3 has received an impressive haul of 5 BAFTA Awards, with the prestigious title of Best Game among them

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Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to solidify its position as a standout title, garnering five prestigious BAFTA awards, including the highly coveted Best Game accolade. In addition to the top accolade of the evening, the RPG created by the talented team at Larian Studios also emerged victorious in the categories of narrative, music, players’ choice, and performer in a supporting role.

Several games for the PS5 and PS4 received BAFTA awards. Alan Wake 2 won for Audio Achievement, Cyberpunk 2077 was recognized as an Evolving Game, Viewfinder was named the Best British Game, and Nadji Jeter received the Performer in a Leading Role award for his portrayal of Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Standing on the stage that night, Swen Vincke, the founder of Larian Studios, expressed his disbelief: “It’s truly incredible to be here.” The effort and dedication poured into creating Baldur’s Gate 3 is truly commendable. It’s truly remarkable, and I extend my gratitude to Bafta and everyone involved.

Here are the winners of the BAFTA awards for 2024:

  • Debut game: Venba
  • Audio achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • Multiplayer: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • Evolving game: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Game design: Dave the Diver
  • British game: Viewfinder
  • Artistic achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • New intellectual property — Viewfinder
  • Narrative: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Performer in a supporting role: Andrew Wincott, Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Family — Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • EE Players’ Choice — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Animation — Hi-Fi Rush
  • Music — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Game Beyond Entertainment — Tchia
  • Technical achievement: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Performer in a leading role — Nadji Jeter, Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Best game: Baldur’s Gate 3

 

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V Rising embraces its theme by introducing a Legacy of Castlevania crossover DLC

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V Rising, a vampiric RPG, made its debut on PC in 2022 and is set to grace the PS5 in 2024. The game clearly showcased a strong influence from Castlevania. Now, Stunlock Studios is fully embracing the opportunity, officially teaming up with Konami for a captivating DLC with a gothic twist.

Featured in The Triple-i Initiative’s recent digital indie showcase, Legacy of Castlevania offers players the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless visuals of hair, cloth, and character design from one of the most beloved vampire franchises in gaming history. The pack is set to be released in May, and it’s possible that we’ll gain further insights into the PS5 port at that time. In the upcoming game, players will have the chance to encounter the renowned vampire hunter Simon Belmont, who will serve as a formidable adversary. Additionally, fans will be delighted to know that they can dress up as the enigmatic Vampire Prince, Alucard, with a special cosplay set.

There will be three distinct shapeshifting variants for players to fully embrace the darkness. Among the options available are the Wolf Form Variant, Soul of the Wolf; the Human Form Variant, Glamour of Maria Renard; and the Toad Form Variant, Guise of The Flea Man. In addition, you’ll have access to luxurious furniture and decorations to adorn your sanctuary, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a gothic masterpiece.

Did V Rising catch your attention? What are your thoughts on the Legacy of Castlevania collaboration? We eagerly await your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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