With summer holidays setting in, everyone seems to be cheering their favorite cricket teams on IPL, and there are the faithful football EPL fans as well. In addition to these two sports, we now also have a growing following of sports like badminton, tennis, wrestling, kabaddi and more, which is wonderful in a formerly cricket obsessed country.However, did you know that there is another slowly but steadily growing sports following probably in a gaming cafe or PC very near you? Its called Overwatch League.
Overwatch, as Jake explains in the video, is a 6 person team shooter game, where you work with complementary sci-fi heroes to accomplish clear cut objectives. It involves a high level of mechanical skill with the mouse / keyboard, coordination with your team, strategy to make best use of the hero skills and maps. https://www.today.com/video/meet-2-kids-who-get-paid-to-play-video-games-50-000-minimum-1201234499952
To give you an idea of how good the story and the lore behind the game is, combined with Hollywood level production quality, have a look at this video. A story line similar to the ‘Incredibles’ and great game-play is what got me hooked in the first place, besides other friends of mine who had already started raving about the game in its first few weeks of launch.
Overwatch like many other e-sports doesn’t have a huge following in India. E-sports is still quite niche here owing to most people not taking gaming too seriously. Its still a casual activity / hobby at best. However, there is a strong following for games like DOTA [Defence of the ancients] and CS:Go [Counter Strike: Global Offensive], and its purely driven by the presence of good PC hardware. Thankfully, PC hardware has been getting more powerful so its much cheaper to afford PCs which can run these two games and Overwatch – EasyPC regularly builds PCs for entry level e-sports gamers. For Overwatch however, its recommended to get a more high end especially as smooth game-play is important if you want to be good at the game.
Globally, more than 35 million people play the game! Its astounding how popular this 2 year old game has become. Its generated more than $ 1 B in revenues. With professional Overwatch legue players earning at least 50,000$ a year, and a lot of serious sports club owners buying some franchises, the game is here to stay [source : https://expandedramblings.com/index.php/overwatch-statistics-facts/]. Of the teams, the most interesting ones to look out for are New York Excelsior, which is an all Korean team, and with the best win rate so far. Boston Uprising, Houston Outlaws, Seoul Dynasty, and others make up the team list for season one. It has been a resounding success so far with more than 100,000 viewers online on Twitch.tv for any game.
Overwatch is also a game which can be picked up by literally anyone with a decent PC and peripherals, and a lot of time on hand. You have unlimited resources online to coach yourself and rise up the ranks in Competitive mode. Of course, its not recommended you get into serious gaming if you are already struggling with academics or if you need work life balance with physical exercise. Gaming can become an addiction if you let it, just like with a lot of other things.
We at EasyPC enjoy this game and highly recommend that you give it a shot if you already play games like CS / Dota / PUBG / Fortnite. Its quality of game-play is at another level compared to any of these games and has got a very active Overwatch India community. We meet up online and play ‘Pick up games’ with each other. This is the equivalent of playing basketball with players who turn up. The quality of these games vary, but there has been a great improvement lately with super talented young folks steadily streaming in. We also have a number of highly ranked players from India, but not nearly enough to be in serious consideration for the Overwatch World Cup.
As an active Overwatch player and follower, I do hope to see more participation in India and would gladly support the growth with the best in PC hardware!
P.S : You can add me on Overwatch using by Blizzard Battle tag : Railmani#1894.
Also, to encourage participation, I can provide a spare account of mine to for your to try out the game!