Overwatch’s new “Calling All Heroes” initiative aims to give their diversity a major buff

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In conjunction with the release of Overwatch 2 (r.i.p. original recipe Overwatch), the team has launched a new diversity campaign designed to make the game a level platform for all its players.With a title no doubt inspired by the character Winston’s original call to re-assemble the agents of Overwatch, the “Calling All Heroes” initiative is intended to reconnect with past players and bring new voices into the fold.The initiative includes the formation of new Overwatch tournaments, aimed as broadening the scope of e-sports talent for the game.The new “Challengers Cup” is specifically geared towards increasing gender equity among the franchise:Raidiant is proud to collaborate with @PlayOverwatch & @OverwatchLeague to produce the Calling All Heroes Challengers Cup, a tournament series to showcase underrepresented genders in the Overwatch esports ecosystem.Learn more: https://t.co/7WqtpHJDHF pic.twitter.com/LQgiQdWKU6— Raidiant (@RaidiantGG) September 30, 2022Related: This new game is the queer questfest you’ve been searching forLikewise, their “Caster Camp” program is designed to bring underrepresented communities into positions outside the game itself.“The Caster Camp aims to provide underrepresented groups the opportunity to learn from some of the best broadcast talent in the industry, build skills, and form professional relationships,” the official site reads.“We hope that this program will help create equity in the commentating space and produce a more diverse talent pool for the Overwatch competitive ecosystem.”The third prong of this initiative is the introduction of the “Defense Matrix”, a mechanic aimed at making a more level playing field for competition and a safer environment by minimizing disruptive behavior.

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