Summer Games for Overwatch to kick off sooner than expected
The games typically start in August, but not this year
Blizzard’s Overwatch Summer Games eSports event has routinely been held in August of each year. However, it appears that someone has decided to change the schedule and the games will start sooner, according to Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan. He didn’t say exactly when they would start, but the fact that July is already half over means that they could begin at any time.
Kaplan would only say that the Summer Games, which kicked off for the first time in 2016 to celebrate the Summer Olympics that year, would be coming “much sooner” than usual. In the past, the games have taken place in the first or second week of August, so the revelation doesn’t leave much time before the new start date.
Along with the Summer Games, Blizzard is planning on running three weeklong competitions that will have three unlockable skins up for grabs. Kaplan added that Hero 31 “is going to be awesome” in a new update. The last update to a hero in Overwatch came when Baptiste was updated this past March.
In addition to updates to the Overwatch series updates, there is also something else about to be introduced. Kaplan indicates that the games will have a new cheating countermeasures deployed that will be able to shut down any match that is suspected of not playing by the rules. In the event cheating is suspected and a match is cancelled, the skill rating of the players involved won’t be impacted.