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Overwatch League-Themed Skins Are Now Available in Overwatch for Every Hero

Rep your favorite OWL team just in time for the big debut season.

News by Caty McCarthy, .

Tomorrow, the inaugural season of Blizzard's massive Overwatch League kicks off. Twelve teams, comprising of professional Overwatch players from all across the world, will compete for the first Overwatch League championship title, where finals will be held in July 2018. It's an exciting time for esports, as Blizzard vies to prove that city-based teams that are constructed similar to physical sports are just as viable for the future of esports.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Blizzard has put team skins for each of the Pacific or Atlantic aligned teams for characters into Overwatch. For players who log on before February 13, they'll be awarded with enough "league tokens" to get one skin for a character for free. In total, that's technically 312 new color variant skins available; one for each hero per team's color scheme.

If you want more than just one skin, it's going to cost you. To get the skins costs tokens, which are $5 for 100 tokens. The profits earned from these special skins sales—technically, $5 per skin—directly provide monetary support to both the teams and the developers.

When I think of my home of the Yay Area, I do not think of this horrible shade of orange.

The skins aren't dazzling or anything, they're the equivalent of wearing a team jersey to a local game. They have the most in common with the second-tier of color variants that each hero has, which changes more than just a single color of their outfit. The team colors vary from stylish, like Seoul Dynasty's black and gold, to a bit of an eyesore, like Florida Mayhem's McDonald's-like color scheme.

Unfortunately, these new skins mean I'll have to be repping my home Overwatch League team, San Francisco Shock, even with its ghastly bright orange palette. The things we do for bandwagon cred. If you want to take a look at all the skins yourself, YouTube channel Overwatch XL has uploaded a handy video showcasing them all.

What Overwatch League team will you be rooting for in the upcoming season? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene #1 UnskippableCutscene 9 days ago
    I'm used to supporting esports teams that live on the other side of the world, (and in fact I usually consider the North American team in my favorite game to be the "heels"), so I certainly don't feel bound to buy one of a west coast US team if they're all ugly. I would probably buy one of either Seoul or Houston. Mercy is unlikely to get a black skin any time soon, and her legendaries seem uncreative to me.

    On the other hand, Houston's Reinhardt skin is pretty great.

    In case anyone here is new to sports, I'd like to point out the players don't necessarily get the money from your skins, the team orgs do, and consider who owns the team org before you buy in, because some teams are owned by gajillionaires who collect pro sports franchises as a privilege of being wealthy while others are owned by organizations that are based on building and supporting competitive gaming.
    Overwatch League is not the ideal way I'd like to watch Overwatch esports, I'd rather they just use the infrastructure already in place, but they really want those big investors to rain money on them. Rooting for a local team over a less local team in a video game tournament just seems like I'm "doing it wrong" even though I do that all the time in baseball and hockey (but then again those are touring circuits where watching far-away teams is expensive and can feel less rewarding).
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