Overwatch + Hunger Games x Geeks = Charity?

So… I don’t know if you guys have heard about this Overwatch thing. It’s a little shoot-em-up style game made by some indie game developer or other.

If you listen to my podcast with Max Temkin, you’ve definitely heard of it. Max has been singing a song about Overwatch for ages now, trying to seduce me over to the dark side. And a couple months back, I finally gave in.

But that wasn’t enough for Max. Then at some point in the podcast he said our two companies should go head-to-head in a match. Cards Against Humanity vs Worldbuilders for charity. And I laughed and said sure. That would be fun. Whatever.

But then our people got talking, and things started to snowball…

And that leads to today. With me announcing the first (and maybe only ever) Worldbuilders Overwatch Tournament for Charity. Yeah. Let’s go with that name. That acronym shouldn’t be confusing at all….

We have 8 teams representing diverse groups from all the four corners of the geek world:

ow_logo_300dpi-smaller(Art by the amazing Kevin Budnik)

Next week Tuesday (November 29th) our first round of matches will begin. Each team will spend the time between now and then trying to rally their communities to donate on their team pages. Because for each match, the team with less money will have to play with a handicap. Like having everyone on their team play as Junkrat. Or making everyone play support characters. Or not lettting anyone play genji. Ever. Because I hate Genji so much. So so so so much.

For example, the first match next week Tuesday at 5:30pm CT, Team Secret Hitler will be playing Team Penny Arcade. Whichever of them raises less money will have their entire team playing Soldier 76. I’m pretty sure no one wants that, so they’ll be constantly battling to make sure they don’t lose.

It’s gong to get pretty ridiculous.

Here’s the tournament bracket.

schedule

(click to embiggen the glory)

Each game will be watchable in multiple places. And I’m pretty sure at least one of them will be on my very own twitch channel, where I will be blowing myself up constantly as Junkrat. So if you want to make sure you catch the show, you can go and follow me there now.

Using our first game as a reference, If you want to watch the Team Penny Arcade captain’s stream and hear all of the team’s talking in group chat, you can watch on their Twitch channel. Same holds true for Team Secret Hitler. (You can find all of the teams’ Twitch channels on the Worldbuilders Overwatch Wesite)

Or, if you want to watch in Spectator Mode and see the match from both sides you can tune into the Worldbuilders Twitch channel, where we’ll have the lovely Amanda hosting and commentating on all of the matches throughout the tournament.

All of this information is visible on the website we made to track the tournament. We kinda banged it together quick, but it gets the job done by showing each team’s current total, along with links so you can support your favorites by donating.

secret-hitler-vs-penny-aracade(Like so.)

Also, did I mention that any donations you make on those team pages will be doubled thanks to the fact that we have access to a Million Dollars of matching money?

Dollar-panarama-704155(It will.)

Also, every $10 dollars you donate gets you an entry in our fabulous prize lottery. Which at this point has more than 1,600 books, games, and cool geekery worth more than $60,000. (With more being added every day.)

I hope y’all have a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. With an amount of family that is sufficient to your particular situation and desires.

Know that I am endlessly thankful for all of you. And for the geek community that comes together every year to make Worldbuilders a success.

Here’s the link to the page where you can see team standings and donate.

May the best team win.

pat

P.S.

(Please donate to Worldbuilders because seriously, I can’t play any support characters…)

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2016. By Pat20 Responses

20 Comments

  1. Kurty
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    This sounds awesome!
    I wish there was a community overwatch tournament too though. Where you and your mates pay to enter and the winner gets a bunch of geeky stuff

  2. ambra
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    Amanda means “she who must be loved”. I like that you call her the Lovely Amanda, which rhetorical figure is that? i wish i knew the name in English (epistrophe, maybe?).

  3. Calliope
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    Sorry I can’t donate, but I shared the post from Worldbuilders on my Facebook page. Most of my friends are geeky, and today’s my birthday so they should be viewing my posts while they send me birthday messages. Best of luck to everyone participating!

    • Posted November 25, 2016 at 1:57 AM | Permalink

      Thanks so much for helping to spread the word. I really appreciate it…

  4. RickT
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 12:43 AM | Permalink

    There should be a rule against donating to your own Team. However, you should be allowed to donate to other Teams. Would shake things up a bit.

  5. Thigis
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 2:02 AM | Permalink

    Am i the only who finds the team name secretaresse Hitler quite offensive? But unlike you Pat, to support closet Nazis.

    • RickT
      Posted November 24, 2016 at 5:00 AM | Permalink

      Listen to the podcast from Pat and Max they discuss the finding of names, among others the naming of the game Secret Hitler by Max Tempkin and Co.

      I’m also pretty sure Pat isn’t pro Nazis.

      • RickT
        Posted November 24, 2016 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

        *Temkin not Tempkin

      • Thigis
        Posted November 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

        Yeah sorry, but also a game by that name is inappropriate. Regardless of how you arrived at it. Racism secret or otherwise is not something you as a charity want to give the appearance of supporting or finding amusing, let alone genocide.

        And expecting people to dig up a podcast for much needed nuance and context is perhaps a bit much?

        • RickT
          Posted November 24, 2016 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

          You have the right to have your opinion. I think you are being a little oversensitive.

        • Kashiraja2
          Posted November 24, 2016 at 7:37 PM | Permalink

          https://lmgtfy.com/?q=secret+hitler

          while I also had some instinctual discomfort at reading the name, it just takes a second to do the above and realize it’s not meant to be offensive.

        • Jezdynamite
          Posted November 25, 2016 at 4:20 AM | Permalink

          I agree with your sentiment Thigis.

          It irks me whenever the name Hitler is used in reference to fun or a game. I find it hard to associate that name with anything I’d buy, especially considering how much that man has hurt my family, tortured my auntie as a child, killed my great grandparents and most of both my and my wifes families.

          But I’m not one to stop others from buying what they like or exercise free choice. I know it’s supposed to be fun, but I just can’t see it.

    • Jezdynamite
      Posted November 25, 2016 at 4:23 AM | Permalink

      Sorry, but I don’t agree with the closet Nazi comment. That doesn’t sound right or fair to me.

  6. Jezdynamite
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat and the team,

    Just checking if the new website got launched over the weekend?

    Thanks.

    • Posted November 25, 2016 at 1:58 AM | Permalink

      There were some technical difficulties, so we decided to push it back. While I’m fine showing you a little big of a rough website. But I don’t want to launch one where a lot of things would be obviously broken….

  7. Kashiraja2
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 7:33 PM | Permalink

    why do you guys get to have all the fun? I want to play in the Overwatch tournament too.

  8. Redwulf
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 11:48 PM | Permalink

    Option A: Attend the online lecture for my class

    Option B: Watch a bunch of my favorite people murder each other for fun and charity

    Well. Guess I should take a break from University and walk the world a bit.

  9. AshlynieMarie
    Posted November 30, 2016 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    Heard on Twitch you needed a boost! Hope 20 bucks helps :)

  10. Posted March 7, 2017 at 4:36 PM | Permalink

    Awesome post man, hope you do it again sometime!

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