Game Overview / Synopsis

Overwatch is a 6v6 team-based first-person shooter with a cartoon-like look and feel.

There are a few different map styles within Overwatch, including:

  • Escort – Where one team leads a payload to a set destination, and the other must prevent them from getting there
  • Assault – Two teams attempt to take or defend capture points across the map
  • Hybrid – The attacking team must capture an objective, and then move the payload to its destination
  • Control – Both teams fight to take control of the objective, they must get to 100% on the map counter to win the round. This is played as a best-of-three

You can play these modes in either Quick Play, Arcade or Competitive Play, but each map will be randomly picked for each game.

There are more than 30 different playable characters, with gamers able to unlock loot boxes, which contain randomly generated skins, victory poses, sprays and more.

At the moment, Blizzard are making the finishing touches on Overwatch 2 (an extension to the base game), and more information is set to be released later on.

Game Specifications

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Typical game length: 10-20mins
Players: 6v6
Genre: First-person shooter
Price: Varies depending on platform, starts from £16.99 on PC (plus optional in-game microtransactions)
Notable tournaments: Overwatch League, Overwatch World Cup, Overwatch Contenders
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Popularity: Around 5m+ monthly players 
Twitch: Around 12,000 viewers per month as of late 2021
Launched: May 2016
Pegi age rating: 12
Other Pegi info: Non realistic looking violence towards human characters.