According to a Press Release that Blizzard shared with the world today Competitive Overwatch is active on PC and will be arriving soon for both the XBox and PS4. They don’t mention what soon actually is but I would imagine that if the PC has it already we should expect it any day now. In saying that however the way they describe the format for the competitive play may actually mean we won’t see it until season 2.
1. Must be level 25 to compete, they assume by then you have a good understanding of the characters and maps.
2. Must compete in 10 placement matches each and every season to get your initial skill ranking.
3. There will be 4 seasons to match the seasons of the northern hemisphere. Each season will be two and a half months, with a two-week break for reset.
Pretty simple format. Easy to follow the rules. They also mentioned that during the season your rating will move up and down (the scale is 1 to 100). Whether or not you move up and down will be based on your performance in each match and weighted by the rating of your opponents. Skill levels will be visible at the beginning of each match.
They have also changed a few things to make things a bit more even on the battle field. Directly from the Overwatch website here is the info;
Competitive Play’s scoring system has undergone a major overhaul. Control maps, for instance, are played in a best-of-five format, which differs from Quick Play’s three-round system. During a Competitive Play match, the first team to score three points wins.
ESCORT AND HYBRID MAPS
On maps that contain Escort elements, teams are awarded one point any time a capture point is taken or a payload reaches a checkpoint. Both teams play one round on offense and one on defense. After those rounds have been completed, the team with the most points wins. However, if the game ends in a tie and neither team has delivered the payload to its final destination, the team that pushed the payload further will be the winner. On King’s Row, Numbani, or Hollywood, if neither team takes the first point, or the final score is tied, the match enters sudden death.
Assault matches are handled in a similar fashion, but with several mode-specific adjustments. Each team plays one round on offense. The team with the most points after these rounds wins. However, if the first team fails to capture a point, the match ends as soon as the second team captures the first objective.
If the score is tied after the first two rounds, each team plays a second round on offense. Instead of playing with a standard five-minute clock, teams only have the time that was remaining on the clock at the end of their previous offensive round. If a team has no time remaining, they do not play an additional round.
Also, if either team had fewer than two minutes left on the clock during their previous round, their time is increased to two minutes—but this is their final offensive opportunity. When either team runs out of time, the team with the higher score wins the match. If both teams are tied with no time remaining, the match enters sudden death.
In sudden death, the game randomly places one team on offense and the other on defense. Teams then play a single, abbreviated round. If the attackers capture the first objective before time runs out, they win the match. Otherwise, the defenders are awarded the victory.
Please note that this mechanic will only be active for the Summer season. For more information, click here.
Now for the good part. There will be rewards. They are unique to competitive mode. If you compete in the 10 competitive matches you are guaranteed to get a special spray and player icon. A new set will be available each season. In addition to that you will earn Competitive Points. You will earn points for winning matches and based on your performance during the season you will get a bunch when the season is over. What are the points good for you ask? Golden Weapons.
With competitive play always comes the concern of people who have figured out a way to circumvent the rules of the game. So here is what the crew has done to help mitigate some of the known issues.
Because of the more serious nature of the mode, penalties are more severe. In Competitive Play, leaving a game early or stepping away from your computer during a match will make you ineligible to join a new game until the original match has been completed. There is an option to rejoin an in-progress game—however, failure to rejoin will result in a penalty.
Continued infractions will lead to restrictions on future competitive matches. As the violations start to pile up, Competitive Play will be locked for an increasing amount of time. Completing matches without incurring further penalties will, eventually returning the account to good standing. But repeated violations can also result in a ban on Competitive Play for the current season—including the forfeiture of any rewards.
Let’s walk through the details:
- If you become inactive or leave within the first two minutes of the game, the entire match will be canceled. Leaving before the end of a match will make you ineligible to join a new game until the original match has been completed.
- If the infraction happens after the two-minute mark, you will be given one minute to reconnect. If you return, the match will resume normally. If not, the remaining players will be given the option to leave without receiving a penalty, but they will receive a loss.
What qualifies as “inactive”? Generally speaking, any time a player doesn’t touch the mouse or keyboard for 30 seconds—whether they’re on the character selection screen, the pregame countdown, or in the main phase—they will receive an inactivity warning. If no input is recorded within 15 seconds of the warning, the player will be kicked from the game. Also, players who avoid combat for three minutes will be considered inactive.
I for one am very excited to get into Competitive Overwatch. When they make the leader boards accessible to all we will be sure to share them on our website weekly.http://radiopressgaming.com/2016/06/competitive-overwatch/http://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Overwatch-CP-Cover.jpghttp://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Overwatch-CP-Cover-150x150.jpgGamingMicrosoftPCSonyBlizzard,Competitive,overwatchAccording to a Press Release that Blizzard shared with the world today Competitive Overwatch is active on PC and will be arriving soon for both the XBox and PS4. They don't mention what soon actually is but I would imagine that if the PC has it already we should...Matthew RixMatthew Rixmatt@radiopressgaming.comAdministratorCofounder and CIO of Radio Press Gaming, I am a tech loving father of 3 who is obsessed with Destiny!Radio Press Gaming