Overwatch 2’s Partnership with Saudi Arabia brings Concerns for its LGBT Community

By Arjun Nair
Overwatch 2's Partnership with Saudi Arabia brings Concerns for its LGBT Community

Blizzard’s New Partnership Raises Concerns for Overwatch Champions Series

When Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the Overwatch Champions Series (OWCS) as the replacement for the Overwatch League, it generated excitement among fans. However, the enthusiasm quickly turned into apprehension when it became apparent that Blizzard’s new partner, ESL FACEIT, has questionable backing.

Blizzard has partnered with ESL FACEIT to facilitate OWCS, especially in the North America and EMEA regions. Although ESL FACEIT has experience organizing competitive events for other Blizzard games, the main concern stems from its ownership by Savvy Games Group. This company receives funding from the government of Saudi Arabia, raising doubts about its reliability and intentions.

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