The Overwatch League, a place ripe for picking apart and insulting as their viewer count falls with each passing week. I feel like it’s time to throw my hat into the ring on this one.
The Issue – GOATS.
At least from the time I’ve spent watching last years inaugural season of Overwatch League I learned that the game is fun to watch. When the game is being played in the way teams are meant to be divided the overall teamwork and flashiness is a sight to see.
This isn’t that season though and we are in a very boring state of the game as far as spectating goes. Viewer counts dwindle as the amount of teams playing the exact same way into each other is at an all time high. Now normally there is metagaming in competitive scenes, whether that be character or weapon based, but the current state of the meta in Overwatch is a very boring one. A lot of the enjoyment of last season came from flashy plays by DPS characters. We aren’t in a state where those characters are being played, meaning that a lot of the plays are being made by playmakers not the ones that normally execute. This kind of play is nothing new, but it was never this saturated before either. Before if Reinhardt managed to hit a huge 6 man shatter that would send fans into a riot on both sides, now it’s the expected and if the Rein misses that shatter he loses all the entertainment value, the same applies to the likes of Zarya for graviton surge, and D.va for self destruct eliminations. They aren’t as exciting because they have become expected.
This isn’t at the hands of the professionals though, they are contracted by their organizations to play to win. This means that they play “GOATS” otherwise known as the current meta because that is what wins, simple, otherwise they are taken off the team for someone who can play to win. This is the problem of the developers at Activision Blizzard Entertainment who have not purposefully but ultimately made a meta in which the community plague known as “GOATS” is the top dog.
I will be doing a follow up to this article on how the developers could approach a better point for everyone not just the pros and help the viewer count.