Overwatch fans spend 30 hours watching YouTube with no rewards

An Overwatch hero attempts to grab a trophy but is denied.

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Some people watch esports events for the thrill of watching a game being played at the highest possible skill level. Others tune in for promised rewards from developers. If you’re of the latter camp and have logged tons of hours watching the latest Overwatch League event on YouTube, you’re probably very miserable at the moment. You might, like others, miss the skins and other cosmetics Blizzard promised you to turn on.

Overwatch League, the official home for pros surveillance 2 Events, recently concluded its 2022 season. As an incentive to watch the event (beyond the fun of the game, of course), Blizzard promised a variety of “perks‘, including some league tokens (which can be redeemed for exclusive skins and cosmetics), home and away hero skins, sprays and other digital collectibles. Rewards are given every three hours of watch time, assuming your Battle.net account and YouTube Accounts have been linkedand were expected to hit player accounts around November 15th. That day has come and gone, and some players who have logged in for up to 30 hours of TV time are still without all of their promised goodies.

kotaku asked Blizzard for comment on this story but received no response prior to publication.

“If you haven’t received your OWL rewards yet, you never will. Thanks Blizzard” begins a notable Reddit thread Cataloging unredeemed rewards from viewing the event. The post includes a screenshot from a correspondence from Blizzard Support, indicating that the errors are likely due to the viewer not being “eligible” for the cosmetic rewards. However, the same message also states that “Customer Service is unable to verify eligibility for OWL drops and cannot help with this issue. Have a great day.”

A top response to this post, now removed (but still viewable) by the subreddit’s moderators, states, “Yes, I accepted the fact that I would not receive my rewards once my league tokens stopped.” to increase once they hit 60.” The response continues, “I’ll probably still be lurking in future events like the past one, but I won’t expect to get what they say I’ll get. Too bad.”

This feeling is not unique. With over 500 comments, many expressing the same level of disappointment and frustration, it’s clear that this is a widespread issue and one that seems to be affecting eligible viewers as they have received some rewards but not others. “I literally watched this event for 15 hours, only got 20 tokens and no skins,” reads one such comment.

“The twitch drops they have worked perfectly for me,” reads another comment, “the only youtube drop they’ve done OW2 only had problems.”

Reddit isn’t the only place viewers are venting their frustration at not receiving rewards. About the officer over watch forums, one thread with over 700 replies catalogs similar frustrations. “I’ve watched for about 70 hours and still haven’t received the rewards,” one comment read. “That is [ridiculous]” says another, “I have 115 tokens, I have the D.Va skin set and everything under it and the pulse pistols. I haven’t received anything else and it’s almost December, come on.”

Another comment bemoans customer support’s response: “Support is still doing support stuff and says it’s the user’s fault.”

While the event’s games themselves were certainly entertaining, it’s certainly a bitter note that so many viewers logged hours never to see all of their promised rewards. In the post lootbox, live service world of surveillance 2it’s even more disappointing that free cosmetics are held up by such problems.

https://kotaku.com/overwatch-league-youtube-drops-blizzard-skins-1849836710 Overwatch fans spend 30 hours watching YouTube with no rewards

Curtis Crabtree

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