'Overwatch' season 2 spoilers: new season of Competitive Play to launch in September, players to be rated in two ways


The first season of “Overwatch” was launched earlier this year, and Competitive Play will be returning in a few days. Fans are now looking forward to how the next installment of the multiplayer first-person shooter will roll out, and according to reports, season 2 will feature a lot of changes designed to make the game better and more exciting than ever.

In the first season, Competitive Play focused on a skill rating between 1 to 100 that increased or decreased based on a player’s performance. Players were also rewarded with special icons and currency to buy golden weapon skins based on their rating, and while gamers liked the concept at first, some problems began to emerge due to the ratings. Now in Competitive Play season 2, gamers will have two separate ratings to determine their placement.

The regular scale rating of season 1 will be back and it will now reflect a player’s skill in-game. But instead of 1 to 100, players will be rated from 1 to 5,000 in order to determine how each match one plays affects the specific rating.

The other rating system takes a player’s skill into consideration and gamers will be placed in a tier in accordance to their ratings. Those who fall into the Bronze category are players who rate from 1 to 1,499; Silver category is for players within the 1,500 to 1,999 rating; the Gold tier is for those who rate from 2,000 to 2,499; Platinum category is for players who rate 2,500 to 2,999; Diamond tier is for those who rate 3,000 to 3,499; the Master tier is for those who rate 3,500 to 3,999; and finally, the Grandmaster tier is reserved for those who rate 4,000 to 5,000 in the game.

Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond tier players get to stay on their tiers even if their skill rating falls below the cutoff. However, those who are in the Master and Grandmaster tiers have to take care as they can be removed from the tiers if their skill rating falls below the respective tier cutoffs.

“Overwatch” Competitive Play season 2 will be launched on Sept. 6 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.