For a brief window earlier this week, Overwatch was available for free – until too many people tried to claim it, that is. Overwatch League team Boston Uprising opened up a giveaway that was intended for a small number of the team’s fans. Predictably, word spread quickly, and shortly after the invites began the team unceremoniously shut down the promotion. It seems this promotion was part of a broader initiative within Overwatch League, and the freebies will return – “in limited quantities”.
“We’re working with Overwatch and all of our franchises at the league to give away PC copies of the game and League Tokens to fans in limited quantities and for a limited time,” OWL VP Jon Spector says on Twitter. “Teams will be going live with their promotions soon, make sure to follow them for more details!”
It’s unclear why Boston Uprising’s giveaway launched early. The promotion page now says that “due to high demand, this form is closed. All eligible entries will receive codes within 72 hours.” The promotion was originally scheduled to last until January 15, 2021.
“We’ve currently deactivated the form and do not know if and/or when it will return,” Boston Uprising community manager Matthew Shiflet says on the team’s official Discord server. Shiflet also says the intent of the promotion was to give new players without a copy of Overwatch an easier way to get into the game.
“Not sure anyone’s really done something like this before in the history of Overwatch, so it’s a learning experience for everyone, I’m sure,” Shiflet continues. His message on Twitter was much more simple.
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Published: Oct 1, 2020
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