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Overwatch Update Adds New Skins, Changes As Overwatch League Launches

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The inaugural season of Overwatch League is getting underway and Blizzard put out a patch to prepare for the event.

A lot of new skins were added as well as a number of changes. Take a look at the patch notes.

Overwatch Update January 9, 2018 Patch Notes

Introducing Overwatch League Team Skins

Time to suit up! Overwatch League home-team skins are now live and can be purchased via our new League Token system, which allows players to directly support their favorite Overwatch League team (or teams!). Home-team skins are available for all 12 OVerwatch League teams and all 26 Overwatch heroes.

General Updates

General

  • Players can now watch the Overwatch League stream via the Overwatch League menu option when games are live
  • [PS4/XB1] Players can now bind all communication wheel options to a gamepad button
  • [PS4/XB1] An option to press and hold crouch rather than toggling the ability has been added under Options > Controls > Movement
  • [PS4/XB1] A slider for “Friendly Aim Assist Strength” has been added to Ana’s control options under Options > Controls > Hero. This will make it easier to aim at allies
  • Weapon accuracy is no longer increased or decreased when shooting at Genji’s Deflect or abilities that block projectiles (e.g. Winston’s Barrier Projector or Mei’s Ice Wall)

User Interface

Heroes

  • Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony will now display its target’s health bar

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed an issue that prevented earned items from being displayed when a Loot Box was opened
  • Fixed a bug that caused a duplicate “Current Competitive Season” selection to appear in the Career Profile dropdown menu
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that prevented players from being able to navigate in-game menus with the tab key
  • Fixed a bug that prevented UI elements for Tracer’s Blink from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the ammo count for Doomfist’s Hand Cannon from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Bastion and Torbjörn bots from pathing to some areas on the first point of Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Lúcio bot to fall off the map while navigating King’s Row

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused the meters remaining to display twice when players approached the final five meters on Escort and Escort/Assault maps

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Ultimate Duration Custom Game modification from properly adjusting Soldier: 76’s Ultimate length

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Play of the Game highlight and the end-of-match screen to not display for the last player to die in the match

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from destroying breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Doomfist’s Rocket Punch knock back to be inconsistent if he collided with an enemy using a movement ability (e.g. Winston’s Leap)
  • Fixed a latency issue that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to travel through an enemy instead of dealing damage
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch’s directional movement to be unpredictable
  • Fixed an issue that allowed enemies to jump over Doomfist’s Rocket Punch instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused enemy players hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to sometimes move along the wall impacted instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to move along the terrain if he impacted it with Rocket Punch
  • Fixed an issue that caused enemies hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to impact inclines instead of traveling up them
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to deal wall impact damage to Mercy if she used Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to activate before intended if he was near Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Doomfist to fall through the ground if he used Seismic Slam on inclines
  • Fixed an issue that canceled Doomfist’s Seismic Slam when it was unable to reach the targeted location
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire camera perspective to linger on the target after detonating
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire to be silent to enemies while traveling on rooftops or when airborne
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Snowball’s antenna to stretch out of proportion when Mei’s Beekeeper skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Mercy’s Resurrect “Reviving” message to remain on the targeted player’s screen after the cast was finished
  • Fixed a bug that caused players targeted by Mercy’s Resurrect to no longer see their Respawn timer if her cast was interrupted by an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that caused players targeted by Mercy’s Resurrect to no longer see their Respawn timer if her cast was interrupted by an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from using Moira’s Biotic Orb if she used Fade or died while using Biotic Orb
  • Fixed an issue that caused Moira’s “Ultimate almost ready” voiceline to sometimes play when her Coalescence was fully charged
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Charge to knock back enemies instead of pinning them
  • Fixed a bug that caused the visual effects of Sombra’s EMP to display when the ability was interrupted by an enemy player
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to face the incorrect direction after she teleported with Translocator
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Torbjörn’s turrets to not fully heal when he used Molton Core
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Carbon Zenyatta’s in-game portrait from displaying the correct color

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Eichenwalde that caused the “Checkpoint Reached” voiceline to play when the payload reached its final destination
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
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Gamactica Women Relaunches with New Vision

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Today, Gamactica announced the official relaunch of Gamactica Women, which was one of the first sections added to the social media platform, alongside the Stream Directory.

With a new vision, new direction, and new purpose, Gamactica Women is looking to do something positive and impactful across the gaming and streaming industries. And while it will be similar to other directories on Gamactica, it will also serve as something much more.

According to the official announcement posted on Wednesday morning (via Portals): “Today, I would like to introduce you to Eclipse, which is a section dedicated to creators who create content in mediums such as film, fan films, performances, stand up comedy, and more. With our powerful marketing structure, and our community of creators who create diverse content across a number of platforms, our mission is to create a space for fan film content creatorsindie film creators, and extended content creators that want to build visibility, improve networking, and build more connections within the content creation industry.

Much like our Content Creator Directory (aka the Stream Directory) we will be providing visitors direct access to content creators of this niche within the Gamactica platform, including previews of their work.

While we will be working with creators who make content in all genres, we will be really pushing the horror genre hard, due to our partnership with horror news website Fright Nerd, and the Fright Nerd Podcast which will be making it’s return soon. Through this partnership we will be able to expand on our benefits with exclusive interviews, trailer releases, and more via the Fright Nerd website.”

Gamactica Women is LIVE and accepting applications!

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Gamactica Unveils New Directory for Military Streamers, Military Content Creators, More

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On Monday, social media platform Gamactica officially announced the launch of a brand new directory and resource hub exclusively geared for Military streamers, content creators, gamers and more!

Gamactica Military will combine the power of the social media platform and their award winning internet marketing structure to provide additional exposure and visibility to active duty and veterans who are working in content creation, advocacy, gaming, esports, and more.

The section will also serve as a resource hub to improve connectivity and networking between different sectors of the industries, specific to those in the military.

“Similar to the Content Creator Directory/Stream Directory, the Military section will be a directory for Military streamers, gamers, Military content creators, as well as brands, stream teams, gaming groups, advocacy groups, non profits, charities and more. It is open to both active duty and veterans” the official announcement stated (according to Portals).

“It is important that, as our platform grows, we continue to evolve and also introduce meaningful sections that can positively impact the industry. Powered by our platform, and our award-winning marketing structure, It is my hope that this better connects the community, and helps create more visibility, more support, and better connectivity for active duty and military creators and brands.”

Check out the new section right here

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NAVI Releasing Documentary on s1mple

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NAVI is getting set to release a documentary that will follow s1mple’s life and explore his “ups and downs” as one of the most recognizable esports players with insight from former and current teammates, his family, commentators, analysts, and “many others” from the industry.

“I remember the time when we just signed a contract in 2016,” NAVI CEO Yevhen Zolotarov said in an official press release. “Honestly, now it’s hard to believe that it was already five years ago. For the esports industry, five years is quite a long period of time.”

“S1mple is a legend not only for NAVI but for esports in general,” co-founder and CEO of DMarket Vlad Panchenko said. “Therefore, the items that will be dropping during the NAVI watch party stream are also legendary and unique.”

DMarket has created a “unique drop-game” with exclusive items dedicated to s1mple to coincide with the release of the doc, and Natus Vincerewill be premiering a documentary about him on Twitch next month, to celebrate his fifth year with the brand.

Additionally, a NAVI watch party is also set for the doc, set to air on one of their upcoming twitch streams set to take place on September 8th at 11am CT.

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