Amid fallout from Activision Blizzard lawsuit.
After five years with the company.
"In-game characters will no longer be named after real employees."
American insurance giant State Farm also steps back.
Announcement likely delayed amid reports of sexual harassment at Blizzard.
But no cross-progression at launch.
"It was truly the honour of a lifetime."
"Ever get that feeling of déjà vu?"
Two days and six channels of activities.
Plus, Kyōgisha Hanzo Skin up for grabs in new event.
"Will you survive?"
Aims to "channel the spirit" of real-world event.
"I am grateful to have been given a second chance in life."
Is "deeply disappointed about this decision".
Now underway on all platforms.
Barrel of laughs.
Not safe for Winston.
Blizzard gives the full reveal treatment.
But matches will be played online.
Activision's deal with YouTube is reportedly valued at $160m - almost doubling its prior deal with Twitch
The agreement is thought to have included "significant incentive clauses for ad sales and viewership targets".
YouTube says exclusivity deal with Activision "further demonstrates its dedication" to livestreaming
Activision chooses not to renew partnership with Twitch.
Plus a tease for a potential new skin.
"It seems like they've forgotten their values."
And it's a full sequel.
Diablo 4! Overwatch 2! Protests! Probably.
Is there an Echo in here?
Leaked document says Hero talents and in-game items are coming to Overwatch 2 PvE.
As executive vice president and general manager.
I haven't got you in my sights.
Trick or treaty.
"All-new, original story" will focus on Efi Oladele.
Plus Murloc pets and other in-game items.
For match rigging and links to organised crime.
Tracer the dots.
Including a long-awaited Brigitte rework.
Available now on the PTR server.
UPDATE: 2-2-2 role lock and role queue confirmed.
Week-long free trial kicks off on Tuesday 21st May.
Won't be able to get there on footman.
Haitian to add.
Blizzard gives its new combat medic the full reveal.
Some kind of combat medic.
LARP Fortnite with NERF.
UDPATE: Ana's short-story skin released as part of special new challenge.
UPDATE: Blizzard issues warning to potential copycats.
"At this point it's causing stress…"
Ashe hit you not.
Downloading till high noon.
UPDATE: Ashe is now live.
And her robo-pal B.O.B.
Prepare for a "sonic vanilla" taste sensation.
Statements mention "several new games" in development.
UPDATE: Lego Bastion available now.
No Tracer of originality.
D.Va's sparkling Korea.
"We cannot have ... a game which is promoting violence."
Gone without a Tracer.
MEKA me so happy.
It's no Mei Day bank holiday, though.
OWL ends with a hoot of a match.
Get your Hanzo-n it this Thursday.
While beefing up other supports.
But we're not sure of the impact in Europe just yet.
I must go where I am needed.
UPDATE: Wrecking Ball rolls out next week.
Usain we got it all wrong?
And now people are worried for the players' health.
"I see progress..."
I wish it could be Christmas everyday (for about four weeks).
Charity event running until May 21st.
Tickets go on sale in May.
Overwatch League player indefinitely suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old
Disciplinary actions continue to taint pro scene.
Find out Moira.
Mei cause longer queue times.
UPDATE: Dallas Fuel has let Félix "xQc" Lengyel go.
"Would that make me the pot calling the kettle black?"
Occupies an "interesting hybrid" support-tank role.
UPDATE: Schematic of shield and... jetpack cat tweeted.
What Zarya waiting for?
"World's Best Zarya" Geguri joins Shanghai Dragons.
Juicy new skins also expected.
UPDATE: More than 10 million viewers during opening week.
"We'll be in touch soon".
Plus, new skins and seasonal maps!
UPDATE: She's here!
UPDATE: EA says Battlefront 2's loot crates are not gambling.
Take it Pharah test-drive.
Including the Jetpack Cat that never was.
Support healer Moira and new map Blizzard World.
That'll mei-ke them proud.
And Overwatch loot boxes, WOW pets, etc.
Van Helsing McCree! Totally 80's Zarya!
We Ran Out of Medals.
Stealth Destiny article.
Patching you up.
But there will be no Diablo announcements this year.
UPDATE: Yet more skins leak.
Along with all the changes to Mercy and D.Va.
Overwatch and learn.
We are in this together.
Will it make you say WOW?
"It really bums us out to spend so much time punishing people for being bad sports."
But only resuscitate one at a time with a 30 second cooldown.
Pharah better experience all round.
Press start to continue.
UPDATE: See it in action!
Remember this moment.
Overwatch animated short confirmed. May be time for a new WoW expansion too.
I've got the beast in my sight.
UPDATE: Blizzard says console reporting feature still on the way.
Bigger name change rejected, new logo erected.
Wanna turn up the heat?
Raisin' the volume!
The best things in life come in small packages.
UPDATE: He's now live!
Though he's not voiced by Terry Crews.
Major in Escort, minor in Assault.
"We think this will be immediately evident and extremely significant."
Alongside notable Reaper, Roadhog and McCree changes.
"Through the miracle of science!"
UPDATE: Blizzard shares glimpse of new Arena maps.
UPDATE: New co-op mode now live through 1st May.
Remember when it launched with Diablo 20 years ago?
UPDATE: Significant Lucio changes revealed.
"Tracer had elements of the Jumper…"
"Balance changes can be very difficult to make when emotions run so high."
Let's get started.
UPDATE: Orisa unveiled, live on PTR.
"It's important to show normal things as normal..."
I spider evidence.
Is it the mysterious Greek instead?
The world could always use more heroes.
UPDATE: The National D. Va Association has been in touch.
UPDATE: The Year of the Rooster is now live!
No word on Blur.
New heroes! Maps! A custom server browser! More!
Cheers love, the Cavalry's queer.
"Our 'cool meter' was off from yours on this one."
Adds new mode: Mei's Snowball Offensive.
Traffic can now kill you.
I'm only level 76.
Ana partridge in a pear tree.
"He's the one who told me to do it years ago!"
"Didn't see that coming."
UPDATE: We take a look at her new photon barrier in action (it's brilliant).
"We've ultimately decided to take the story in a different direction."
"I started having panic attacks left and right."
Can you hack it?
Can't stop bloody hacking can she.
But it requires PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold.
Strange matching voice to face, isn't it?
UPDATE: Something happened. It was rubbish.
Season 3 kicks off 1st December.
Enough is enough.
D.Va and Kerrigan in the same game? Is this a crossover episode?
"And complains about about team comp in chat."
"We tend to say sorry about our squeaky voices..."
Sombra? Hearthstone expansion? More?
UPDATE: Drop everything - it's here!
And significant changes to Symmetra.
But it is being looked at.
In theory, console aim is finally sorted.
End of an era.
Let's try that again.
"I won't lie - it's going to be really hard stepping away."
"I play like 16-17 hours per day."
Bring it on! I live for this!
Requires Xbox Live Gold, but not PlayStation Plus.
They're pedigree, chum.
¿Quién es Sombra?
Patching you up.
It's playable now on the Public Test Realm.
It's a game-changer.
"Mommy says people my age shouldn't suck their thumbs."
UPDATE: Confirmed. Apparently now more responsive than CS:GO. Being "explored" on consoles.
Plus: Competitive play season one pay-outs divulged.
It's been played half a billion hours.
"We actually don't expect all players will get all Summer Games items."
UPDATE: Blizzard announces, releases new game mode Lúcioball.
Oh the things banned Overwatch cheats say.
Take your medicine.
UPDATE : Now live on PS4.
UPDATE: Appears to be fixed!
UPDATE: PTR patch notes reveal upcoming hero changes.
UPDATE: Watch Bratt play her on the PTR.
UPDATE: Change definitely live but Blizzard concerned calculations "don't make sense" to players.
Shortens Competitive Play Sudden Death timers.
UPDATE: Will be revealed within the next two weeks.
A thing of beauty.
Consoles versions due next week.
Hanzover crown for now.
"The game of Overwatch is a lovely game."
Can you cope rivet now?
Tracer! Mei! D.Va! And now Roadhog!
"The results were pretty disastrous, " says Kaplan.
Accusers quit in shame.
UPDATE: Pictures of the golden weapons leak!
Jeff Kaplan offers updates about this and that.
Don't MEKA habit of it.
Battleborn trails behind in fourth.
It's been played for a combined total of 119m hours.
Take that, Diablo PSone, StarCraft 64 etc.
Or is the publisher simply protecting its assets?
"Because of you I made my first snipe in a video game today."
The blemish on otherwise exemplary netcode performance.
UPDATE: Actually, it turns out it's back on for June.
Loot boxes can all be obtained through play, only feature cosmetic items.
"Prices and participation will not vary. The figures are priceless, and participation is not possible."
She's maybe a support sniper, and maybe Pharah's mother.
Our sister site MetaBomb has teamed up with matchmaking tool The100.
Blizzard's biggest beta ever.
Still time to Winston games.
UPDATE: Game won't change from now until launch, but a "TON" of content coming after.
"It was devastating."
But the open beta will follow in early May.
Things seem to be working fine now.
Penalises players who bail too often mid-game.
Nobody's a soldier, right now.
More strut than butt.
The cavalry's here.
Psst, what you looking at?
You Winston, you lose some.
UPDATE: Open beta for all platforms coming in early May.
No level cap! Loads of Loot! Beta now live!
Adds a new game mode, two new maps, and AI matches.
New game mode to be included.
"Hopefully that alleviates some concerns that people have."
Will return in "mid-to-late January".
And yes, the console version is confirmed.
Announcement expected at BlizzCon 2015 tonight.
UPDATE: US retailer begins taking console pre-orders.
Qualifying players gain access to Blizzard's new game over the next 12 hours.
Open beta weekends to follow shortly thereafter.
UPDATE: 10 minute gameplay video released.
Hanzo! McCree! Mercy! Zenyatta!
Blizzard respecs for the future.
"There are things from Titan in Overwatch, but…"
"We wanted to give players other things to do than put crosshairs on targets."
UPDATE: Beta sign-ups now live, due in 2015.