Ever since the Overwatch League was announced, it’s been clear to all fans that Blizzard is going to be using all available resources to push the competition further into the public eye. The developer seems to be looking to emulate the success of major organizations such as the NFL and NBA, and it seems that team uniforms are going to be part of the deal.
Blizzard has confirmed that Overwatch League-affiliated skins will be coming to the hero shooter in the near future, and two of them have already seen a reveal. The Shanghai Dragons have an exclusive Mei skin to represent their team, and the Dallas Fuel are in possession of a stylish new Genji color scheme.
Currently, there is a great deal of speculation online as to how these exclusive skins might be acquired, with suggestions including donating to a given team or tuning in to championship streams seeming to be the most likely solutions. The Overwatch League is already set to be an incredibly-profitable venture for Blizzard and adding cosmetics into the mix will only allow the developer to pump even more money into the competitive scene.
“We were honored to collaborate with the Overwatch development team and Team Envy to announce the Dallas Fuel’s visual identity with a custom Genji skin for demonstration purposes,” explained Blizzard. “We look forward to sharing more information about Overwatch League-affiliated in-game items in the coming months.”
Using a team-specific skin would be a great way of showing support for a preferred team once the Overwatch League kicks off this December. Already, all twelve of the competing teams have been announced so players can get ready to pick a favorite and support their choice with a fancy new skin. It’s unclear as to whether teams will have new skins for all characters or whether they’ll be limited to just one unique appearance, but either way it seems Blizzard will have a fair amount of designing to do.
It’s likely that skins won’t be the only way to show your support either, and new sprays and icons are likely to be a part of the Overwatch League deal. In the mean time, while we wait for the League items to be ready, players are gearing up to get their hands on a range of new content that is set to launch today as part of the 2017 Halloween update.
Overwatch is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.