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Popular games: Overwatch

3 minutes reading time
14-17 years
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In the game Overwatch two groups play against each other. The main theme is the struggle between good and evil, wrapped in cartoon visuals with animated background stories.

In a nutshell:

What is Overwatch?

Overwatch is similar to games like Fortnite or Valorant .
In the game, gamers do not follow a specific storyline, but there is a background story, also called “lore”. This is about a team of heroes fighting a team of bad guys. However, all characters can be played in the game itself. Overwatch is set in a technologically advanced world. Due to the colorful and comic-like visuals, the game is relatively far away from reality.
At the beginning of each game round, each player chooses a hero. A distinction is made here between so-called tank heroes, support heroes and damage heroes. These have special abilities and thus must be chosen tactically wisely. There are different variations of the game played on different maps: “Attack”, in which two different teams have to take the area of the others, “Escort”, in which a group has to bring a cargo to a certain place, and “Control”, in which the groups try to fight for a point. It is played with up to six people in a group. You can talk to each other via a chat or the microphone.

What fascinates young people about it?

Overwatch is a game that can be understood quickly. Due to the colorful visuals and the heroes with special abilities, youngsters quickly get into the game. Even for players who have not played many shooter games, the game is suitable. Due to the many heroes and game variants, the game does not get boring in the long run.
There are also tournaments up to championships in which teams from all over the world participate, the so-called Overwatch League. These competitions are broadcast on the Internet and are major events for fans of Overwatch.
Blizzard also regularly uploads elaborately produced background stories of the various heroes on Overwatch ‘s YouTube channel.

What does the provider think?

With a long tutorial, beginners will quickly find their way into the game. By awarding experience points to the winners and losers of a round, the game defuses and it is no longer important who won or lost. Also, at the end of the game, both teams can vote for who has performed particularly well.
Blizzard Entertainment also provides a catalog of rules of conduct for their games. Here, for example, there are references to player names that are inappropriate or hate speech. Such violations can be reported to Blizzard and will result in restrictions and exclusion from the game.

What should parents pay attention to?

Overwatch is an online-only game. Internet access is therefore required to play.
In-game purchases with real money are possible, but they are not advertised and are not necessary for in-game performance. Nevertheless, the right skin, i.e. the right outfit for the game character, is important for many gamers. That’s why you should pay attention to what and how much your child buys and talk to him about it.
As a parent, pay attention to the USK age label and explain to your child why they are important. At the same time, it is helpful to exchange ideas with other parents whose children play Overwatch or comparable games.
If your child plays Overwatch because he is already 16 years old or you consider him mature enough, you should definitely talk to him about his gaming experience. Communication with other players is also crucial. Ask your child what they experience in the game and when interacting with other gamers.

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