Part of the draw of Overwatch for many is the way the game’s main cooperative mode focuses on highlighting players’ strengths rather than ranking them against each other. But some players find the draw of competition too much to resist. If that’s you, get ready – Overwatch‘s competitive mode is now available on PC. Console players, you’ll get it next week sometime.
Blizzard says they’re still working a few kinks out, and that it’s something “that will take us a few iterations to get right,” but adds that “by getting the system out there sooner, we can start making improvements based on your feedback sooner, too.”
To that effect, this first season will be two months instead of the standard three. Hopefully those kinks will be worked out by the time the Autumn season starts in September.
Competitive play is a bit different from the standard quick match mode in that there are more specific rewards and punishments for playing and quitting. If you complete ten placement matches during a season, you’ll get a special spray and player icon. Earning enough points in competitive play will let you purchase golden weapon skins as well. If you’re good enough, reaching the top 500 players, you’ll be flagged in-game, making you both an attractive teammate and juicy target.
On the other hand, if you leave a match or go away from keyboard (AFK) before a match is complete, you won’t be able to join a new match until that one finishes. If you get disconnected, you can reconnect to that match, but will be penalized if you fail to reconnect.
If that’s something you do repeatedly, you’ll find your access to competitive play more and more restricted.
While that won’t stop players form stacking Widowmakers and Torbjorns, that should help keep players competing and staying in-game.