When it comes to competitive play in Overwatch, it feels like the scene is always changing due to several players choosing to retire from the game. But why exactly is that? One former player may have managed to explain it, and it might have something to do with how much the game is constantly changing, to the point where it's almost unrecognizable from its original release in 2016.
Brandon "Seagull" Larned, who used to play professionally for the Overwatch team Dallas Fuel, continues to stream the game on his own Twitch channel. On his most recent stream, a fan asked him why so many players retired and Seagull explained it by comparing Overwatch to the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and MOBAs. Whereas CS: GO has many maps and has only received a few balance changes, and MOBAS like League of Legends tend to only have one map and loads of balance changes, Overwatch has a lot of maps and a lot of balance changes. As a result, it demands a lot more from its players.
It’s a lot harder in Overwatch, considering so much shit changes constantly on so many different maps. It makes Overwatch a big pain in the ass to figure out after balance changes because after every single balance change that occurs, it changes it on every single map, and the entire map meta is changed.
While Seagull never stated that this was the reason he quit nor did he specifically name other players who chose to retire as a result of this, his reasoning does make sense. Between the 31 playable characters and 21 maps (that are also split into four different types), there are a ton of strategies that can be implemented, making it difficult for competitive players to keep up. Blizzard itself has yet to comment on this so it's not known if they'll take any action to prevent the game being detrimental to professionals' long-term commitments. It has rectified previous updates in the past, like one buff to the character Moira that many players found to be too overpowered.
This isn't the only issue to plague certain members of the player-base. The newest playable hero, Sigma, has been met with some backlash, with Blizzard having been accused of relying on outdated stereotypes of mentally ill people.
Overwatch is available right now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Dot Esports