Activision’s much-hyped Overwatch League kicked off its first season this week, and I have to say, I was impressed. It was much better than I thought it would be. I figured there would be a bit of a growing pains period, but the few matches I caught were fantastic. Great plays, good commentary, and solid camera work to keep up with all the frantic action.
Stage 1 – Week 1 continues tonight with the Los Angeles Valiant facing off against the Dallas Fuel at 7:00 pm ET. Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising duke it out at 9:00 pm ET. The San Francisco Shock and Shanghai Dragons wrap up the day’s action at 11:00 pm ET.
Week 1 action wraps up with three more matches starting tomorrow at 2:00 pm ET.
Overwatch League will take a few days off before the action ramps back up on Wednesday (January 17th). Each week’s matches will follow the same Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule.
Even if you’re not a regular Overwatch player, tune in. The production is slick, and the plays will leave you shaking your head in awe.
Do you like your shooters grounded in a little more realism? Call of Duty: WW2’s second major tournament gets underway today. The Call of Duty World League heads to New Orleans with a $200,000 prize pool on the line.
Six matches are slated for today with Echo Fox taking on EUnited at 3:00 pm ET. The next match follows 90 minutes later and will continue until Team Kaliber and Faze Clan wrap up the first day’s action at 10:30 pm ET.
Call of Duty’s return to boots-on-the-ground gameplay didn’t just make a better game. It makes it better to watch. Advanced Warfare shook up the gameplay, but watching competitive matches of it and the other futuristic COD’s was not pleasant. COD WW2 fixes that by slowing down the gameplay a little and nixing all the boost jumping.
Where to watch Overwatch and Call of Duty
Overwatch action gets started tonight at 7:00. Here’s a link to the Twitch channel. For Call of Duty, you have two options. Twitch or MLG. Over at MLG, they offer sidebar content with stats for each player in the current match. A pretty cool little extra that I hope Twitch copies.
If E-Sports isn’t your jam, there’s always watching folks rip through classic games as quickly as possible over at Awesome Games Done Quick.