The Overwatch Summer Games 2018 is now online, offering players over 50 new seasonal items, including nine new skins, and another crack at the massively popular Lucioball.
The Summer Games event follows the successful ending of another Overwatch sporting event, but in real life. The Overwatch League recently crowned its first champion, and is already looking ahead to season two.
'Overwatch' Summer Games 2018: Here's What's Included
The Overwatch Summer Games 2018 has returned, and this year's edition will run until Aug. 30. This gives players about three weeks to collect the more than 50 new seasonal items.
Whenever a new Overwatch event launches, players always want to take a look first at the new hero skins that will be offered. For Summer Games 2018, there are six legendary skins and three epic skins available.
Legendary Skin for Ana - Cabana
Legendary Skin for Winston - Catcher
Legendary Skin for Zenyatta - Fastball
Legendary Skin for Reinhardt - Gridironhardt
Legendary Skin for Roadhog - Lacrosse
Legendary Skin for D.Va - Waveracer
Epic Skin for Sombra - Mexicana
Epic Skin for Brigitte - Tre Kronor
Epic Skin for Moira - Eireannach
The internet exploded over D.Va's Waveracer skin, but Brigitte also looks good in her country's colors. Zenyatta's orbs being replaced with baseballs is hilarious, while Ana's Cabana skin looks rather uninspired. Will Blizzard succumb to players' demands and replace D.Va's voice line of "Nerf this!" with "Surf this!" for the Waveracer skin?
In addition to the skins, there are two new highlight intros, featuring Orisa growing frustrated as a goalkeeper and Moira serving up one of her deadly orbs. There is also a new emote for Mei, where she plays table tennis with her robot Snowball.
Lucioball fans not only get to participate again in Copa Lúcioball, which features a competitive play ladder structure and placement matches, but also enjoy a new arena. Following the Sydney Harbour and Estádio das Rãs maps for the fast-paced mode, the Busan arena will give Lucioball players a new place for playing.
Overwatch League 2018
While Overwatch players enjoy the Summer Games event, Blizzard is already hard at work in setting up season two of the wildly successful Overwatch League.
The Overwatch League reached mainstream status when Blizzard signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Disney to bring coverage of the eSports league to ESPN, ESPN2, Disney XD, and ABC. The coverage happened just in time for the playoffs, which ended with the London Spitfire taking home the first ever Overwatch League championship.
Just days after the inaugural season ended, there were already reports that two new teams have signed up for the second year. The new Overwatch League teams, which will bring the total number of 14, will be based in Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou, China. Their names and colors, however, have not yet been revealed.