Blizzard Announces LGBTQ+ Inclusive Programs for Overwatch 2

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Today Activision Blizzard announced three upcoming programs Monitor 2of the competitive and casual scene. These are aimed at fostering a healthy environment, with an emphasis on its new LGBTQ+ player base.

In a blog post titled “Calling all heroes,” the Surveillance The team and its competitive E-Sports program, Overwatch League (OWL), have announced that they will co-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.”

In order to ensure that its mission statement is respected, the Surveillance The team announced that they would be rolling out a game system called Defense Matrix. named after D.VA Projectile Blocking AbilityBlizzard said the program will act as a system to “protect gameplay integrity and promote positive behavior in Monitor 2.” How this will be done might be slightly invasive given that it will involve using your phone as part of its new program, SMS Protect.

“The defense matrix fortifies Surveillancesecurity and gaming experience through aspects such as SMS Protect, audio transcripts, and all-new first-time user experience, to name a few,” Blizzard said in the post. of blogging.

If you wanted to disable SMS Protect, it looks like you won’t be able to play Monitor 2 at all. Because on October 4, players on all platforms will need to have their phone numbers attached to their Battle Net accounts in order to play. Monitor 2.

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Coupled with the Defense Matrix announcement, Blizzard also revealed two new LGBTQ+ programs called Challenger’s Cup and Caster Camp. Along with its partnership with Radianta production company that promotes “underrepresented genres”, Surveillance is developing a Challenger’s Cup, a competitive tournament that will run alongside Path to Proits competitive development Surveillance program under Overwatch Competitors.

“This tournament does not replace the Path to Pro; rather, we hope it serves as an entry point for underrepresented genres to jump into the wider Surveillance esports ecosystem, and we encourage everyone who is eligible to participate in both the Challengers Cup and the Path to Pro,” Blizzard said in the blog post.

The apps for the first qualifying rounds of the Challenge Cup begin on October 21.

Additionally, Caster Camp will feature broadcasters like OWL Soe Gschwind and Mat “M.X” Morello. The plan is for them to share the skills they learned as professionals Surveillance commentators to members of the LGBTQ+ community in hopes of developing their skills and making connections within the industry. Its registration will run from From September 30 to October 28.

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Although Monitor 2the impending launch of October 4th as a free game is riddled with all the things that make up for F2P nightmaresit’s commendable that the game maker goes beyond the platitude of saying it’s pro-LGBTQ by pointing the finger at its gay characters and sticking it out, especially given how likely its LGBTQ+ player base is. swept away by a wave of sectarianism. the release of the sequel hero shooter.

Seeing how two of its star characters, Tracer and soldier 76 To serve as the confirmed LGBTQ+ representation of the game, it’s good that Blizzard at least recognizes that its player base might be in dire need of obfuscation in case any returning fanatics of the game return with its sequel. Although the jury is still out on whether SMS Protect is on the rise or not.