Blizzard announces LGBTQ+ inclusive programs for Overwatch 2

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Today Activision Blizzard announced three upcoming programs surveillance 2‘s competitive and recreational scene. These aim to promote a healthy environment, with a focus on the new and returning LGBTQ+ player base.

In a blog post titled “Calling all heroes,” the over watch Team and its competitive esports program Overwatch League (OWL) announced that they will jointly develop an in-game defense matrix, the Challenger’s Cup and Caster Camp. Blizzard said the goal of these programs is to “focus on equity, visibility, and community support for underrepresented genders.”

To ensure that its mission statement is adhered to, the over watch Team announced that it will introduce a gameplay system called Defense Matrix. Named after D.VA’s ability to block projectilesBlizzard said the program will act as a system to “protect the integrity of the game and encourage positive behavior surveillance 2.” How it will do this could be slightly invasive as it involves using your phone under its new program SMS Protect.

“Defense Matrix strengthens over watchthe security and gaming experience of through aspects like SMS Protect, audio transcriptions, and the all-new first-time user experience, to name a few,” Blizzard said in the blog post.

If you tried to unsubscribe from SMS Protect, it looks like you can’t play surveillance 2 at all. Beginning October 4th, players on all platforms will need to link their phone numbers to their Battle Net accounts in order to play surveillance 2.

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Along with the Defense Matrix announcement, Blizzard also unveiled two new LGBTQ+ programs called Challenger’s Cup and Caster Camp. In addition to the partnership with radianta production company that highlights “underrepresented genders” over watch is developing a Challenger’s Cup, a competitive tournament that will run in parallel way to proits development competitive over watch program below Overwatch contender.

“This tournament is not a replacement for the Path to Pro; Rather, we hope it serves as an entry point for underrepresented genders to jump into the breadth over watch esports ecosystem, and we encourage everyone who is eligible to compete in both the Challengers Cup and the Path to Pro,” Blizzard said in the blog post.

That applications because the first qualifying rounds for the Challenge Cup begin on October 21st.

In addition, the Caster Camp will present broadcasters such as OWL’s Soe Gwind and Matthew “Mr. X” Morello. The plan is for them to pass on the skills they’ve learned as a professional over watch Commenters for people within the LGBTQ+ community, hoping to build on their skills and make connections within the industry. His registration expires September 30th to October 28th.

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Even though surveillance 2The upcoming October 4th launch as a free-to-play game is peppered with all the things that make it so F2P nightmaresIt’s commendable that the game maker went beyond the platitude of saying it’s pro-LGBTQ by pointing out its gay characters and leaving it at that, especially given the high likelihood of its LGBTQ+ gamerbase being engulfed in a wave of bigotry will be the release of the sequel hero shooter.

Seeing how two of his flagship characters, tracers and soldier 76 serving as the game’s confirmed LGBTQ+ representation, it’s nice that Blizzard at least realizes that its playerbase may be in dire need of obfuscation should any returning fanatics of the game return with its sequel. Although the jury is still out on whether or not SMS Protect is on the rise. Blizzard announces LGBTQ+ inclusive programs for Overwatch 2

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