On his Twitch stream yesterday, ex-Overwatch professional, Brandon “Seagull” Larned, had some strong words about the current state of the game. Seagull has been vocal about Blizzard’s management of the game in the past and continues to be, despite no longer playing professionally.
Who is Seagull?
Seagull was one of the first Overwatch content creators to make it big. He was a professional Team Fortress 2 player that made the switch over to Overwatch when it was still in beta. Seagull played professionally for the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League’s first season but retired afterward to focus on his streaming career.
Ever since retiring, Seagull has played Overwatch on and off along with other popular games like Apex Legends and Valorant. He remains a fan of the game, but he has often been critical of it. Here’s what he had to say.
What he had to say about Overwatch
During the “concluding thoughts” portion of his stream, Seagull discusses how Overwatch has a severe lack of content. He highlights how Overwatch‘s competitors (League of Legends, Valorant, Fortnite, etc.) all have frequent content and balance updates whereas Overwatch rarely receives new content. Seagull also wants Blizzard to try to avoid power creep but states that it might be impossible when adding new content.
He goes on to say that he doesn’t know what Blizzard should do, but that he hopes they can figure it out for Overwatch 2. There is still no word on when the sequel will come out, but the game will undoubtedly bring big changes to the franchise.
Seagull definitely isn’t wrong when it comes to Overwatch‘s lack of content. Most games have adopted some form of Battle Pass and add new cosmetic and gameplay content frequently. League of Legends, for example, has balance patches every two weeks that always include new skins for its Champions. Valorant will add new agents and have a new Battle Pass every two months.
In Overwatch, fans only get skins for the seasonal events, and balance updates are rare and (generally) not impactful. New Heroes are extremely rare and infrequent. This leaves the meta stale for months on end with little to look forward to.
Hopefully, Blizzard hears Seagull and makes positive changes for Overwatch 2 when it finally comes out.