Overwatch Starts a League of Its Own
Global crises bring people together, even in the digital space. From Counterstrike to Call of Duty to Starcraft, conflicts between terrorists, nations and species have driven millions of players to mash buttons together. But few games have had the rabid appeal of Overwatch, which has developed a strong enough competitive culture to spawn a professional league.
Overwatch takes the traditional formula for a team-based first-person shooter and gives it the signature charm gamers have come to associate with Blizzard Entertainment, who’ve cultivated massive communities around games like Starcraft and World of Warcraft. Even for a company known for creating worldwide phenomena, Overwatch was a runaway success — its first game to reach 30 million active users while still maintaining the same values and depth as its other titles, such as Starcraft 2.