Blizzard Introduced ‘Overwatch World Cup Viewer’

Blizzard is amplifying the possibilities for spectators for the upcoming Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon. Introducing Overwatch World Cup Viewer, a new feature that will allow spectators to see the action from any angle. Is this the start of a revolutionary change for spectatorship of esports events?

The 2018 Overwatch World Cup Will Kick Off in November

This update will allow for viewers to control the camera. These new camera tools were previously reserved only for Overwatch League’s professional esports observers and broadcasters.

Now, with a beta that Blizzard are rolling out, you will be able to control the camera and view matches from all angles. This will allow for spectators to watch live matches from any perspective, including a top-down view that will show players statuses.

When a match is over, you can also watch replays at varying camera speeds. This will allow for viewers to speed up matches or slow them down to view tactics and moves more closely.

The 2018 Overwatch World Cup Will Kick Off in November

Unfortunately, at this stage, this is a PC-only Beta. The beta-release will focus on the Overwatch World Cup that kicks off in November. However, according to Blizzard, they are hoping to make this technology available for all gameplay types on all supported platforms.

This will allow PC-players with access to the Beta to watch all of the matches of the World Cup in real-time. Viewers will be able to catch from first-person and third-person camera views. A free-cam to move around the levels will also be available.

You can check out Game Director, Jeff Kaplan, discussing the feature below:

In the video released yesterday by PlayOverwatch on YouTube, Jeff Kaplan also discusses the possible announcement of a new map at BlizzCon. Unfortunately, Kaplan has firmly said that they will not be announcing a new map this year.

He has confirmed that Blizzard is still working on new map content but it will not be announced this year at BlizzCon.

At the end of the video, Kaplan also mentioned that patches for buffs of the following heroes will be coming for Roadhog, Reaper, Symmetra and Mercy.

Blizzard is promising some big announcements this year at BlizzCon, so be sure to tune into all of the action as it unfolds in early November. You can check out the event info for BlizzCon here.

With the opening week starting tomorrow on October 25th, it is bound to be exciting times ahead for Blizzard.


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