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Khaldor showing what Overwatch casting could look like

Overwatch Robbert “Broeder” Troost

Blizzard is known as a company with a real esports following. Will Overwatch enjoy the same attention?

StarCraft, World of Warcraft, WarCraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. These titles are played by millions of people all over the world. But they are also occasionally spectated by almost as many people as well. Blizzard has been a strong force in the esports scene ever since the highdays of StarCraft: Brood War, and the recent addition of titles like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm have only increased this presence. With all of this in mind, it is understandable to expect Overwatch to do equally well.

One of the people who is expecting this to happen is longtime caster Khaldor. Khaldor, known for casting games like WarCraft, StarCraft and these days Heroes of the Storm, was quick to practice his hand on casting Overwatch. In the below video, he shows a rough first impression of what we might be seeing in Overwatch casts in the near future. This first look at the in-game spectator mode is of course still very basic, and will get updated to fit the needs of spectators and casters alike. But it is an interesting example of what is already available.

For starters, the bottom of the screen is filled with an overview of both teams. This overview provides an easy reference to see what heroes are currently being played, which players are dead or which have access to the Ultimate Ability. Secondly, Khaldor showcases both the POV of a floating cam as well as the ability to jump onto any character's shoulder to watch the action from closer range.

Several elements will (have to) get added to the spectator mode. For one, a map with an overview of all players' positions would be a worthwhile addition. And we currenly have no player health bar indicators for the spectator view at all. Let us know if you have any other ideas!

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Robbert “Broeder” Troost
Big fan of the Blizzard titles, always interested in seeing communities grow. Find me on twitter at @xBroeder.

Discussion

  • Thomas "Khaldor" Kilian ,
    Oh gawd xD Please don't expect too much. It was literally the second time I tried the observer mode. The next videos are already gonna be much better since I started to use First Person views as well. And of course I'll improve on the casting too. I'm still hoping for Blizzard to improve on the observer mode. i completely understand that it's not a high priority right now but there are so many amazing things one could improve to make spectating matches a completely different experience!
    • Rui "iUR" Sousa ,
      3RD person cast isnt the future :P
      • Thomas "Khaldor" Kilian ,
        You should listen to the introduction ;) And then watch the next video that'll be released later today :P
        • Rui "iUR" Sousa ,
          Mate, i know you are going to do this right <3
    • Maru "BlitzKaiser" Unson ,
      pretty good casting Id say!
  • Bear "TheBearEmperor" God ,
    i feel bad for this guy , he is a good caster for heroes of the storm but blizz just ignored all his hardwork n effort showcasing competitive hots and promoting the game
    • lubos "lubacos" kovacik ,
      Thats blizzard in nutshell. Thease are the same imbecils that ignored 10 000 000 dota fans calling them NOT to ignore warcraft 3 mod , which become so huge , that they only can hit their stupid heads against wall....
      • Maru "BlitzKaiser" Unson ,
        Don't get me wrong Blizz is a good company, "almost" all of their games are in high quality, its just esports wasn't their main focus back in the days because their other games is already a big money maker; Nevertheless, this is their fresh new IP in the last 10+ years and I can already see that this game is gonna get big in esports. Just watch the OW streams, pros/streamers from other games like Dota, SC2, Quake, Hearthstone etc. are gathering on this game and some of them are planning to be pro on OW already

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