Earn Double XP In Overwatch This Weekend

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Overwatch isn’t quite done celebrating its one year anniversary. Blizzard’s online hero shooter is providing double the experience this weekend. The Double XP Weekend is ongoing right now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and ends Monday June 12 at 11:59 pm Pacific/2:59 am Eastern.

The 100% bonus applies to nearly every source of experience, including:

  • Time spent in a match
  • Completing a match
  • Completing consecutive matches
  • Winning a match
  • Backfilling a match in progress
  • Earning medals

The only source not affected is the First Win of the Day XP bonus, which is still a flat 1500 XP.

Experience is used to level up. Each level up rewards a loot box. Currently all loot boxes provide the limited time Anniversary Loot Boxes during Overwatch’s Anniversary Event, which also ends June 12. You can earn new skins, dance emotes, sprays, etc. The Double XP Weekend is a great chance to earn these special loot boxes.

If you haven’t played Overwatch since the Anniversary Event began, you’ll also receive one free loot box for logging in.

Earlier this month Season 5 of Ranked Competitive Play began. To join you’ll have to be at least level 25 and complete ten placement matches. The placement matches will determine your skill rating and ranked tier. Completing your placement matches each season will net a unique spray and player icon. You can also earn Competitive Points each match and receive them at the end of the season. These points can be used to purchased golden versions of heroes’ weapons. Each Overwatch Ranked Season lasts about three months.

Overwatch Double XP Weekend is available now. It ends June 12.


Overwatch Teases Newest Hero with 11 Year Old Efi Oladele

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Overwatch’s fan community has taken on a life of its own – particularly when it comes to sussing out the next new hero to be released. After the agonizingly long tease and meta gaming that lead up to Sombra’s release, Blizzard has been playing its hero cards a bit closer to its chest. They just laid down their first card with a mock interview with an 11 year old tech-wiz from Numbani: Efi Oladele.

Overwatch Efi OladeleThe interview showcases Blizzard’s fun way of playing with Overwatch’s lore. Efi Oladele has won the Adawe Foundation’s Genius Grant for her work in robotics and artificial intelligence. She’s received a large sum of money and teases out her plans on what to do with it.

The biggest speculation is that Efi constructs either a D-Va style mech-tank, or an A.I. like Bastion. Whether or not Efi herself will be playable remains to be seen – but she would be awfully young compared to the adult cast of Overwatch.

Polygon provides a deep dive into the Overwatch community and the biggest fan theory – that Efi constructs a quadruped spider tank that’s seen in many of the game’s early art work. Jeff Kaplan told Polygon that Efi will play a part in the upcoming hero’s story, but the actual playable hero has not yet been announced.

To date Overwatch’s post-launch heroes have been slow to arrive but generally well-received (and free). A total of two heroes have been released since Overwatch’s launch in May 2016: Ana, a Support sniper in July 2016 and Sombra, an Offense hacker in November 2016.