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News video games 20 July 2023, 12:21

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Blizzard Games Coming to Steam - Major Breakthrough in Company's History

We have become witnesses to a historic event - Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its games will start coming to Steam. The first will be Overwatch 2, which will land on the platform next month.

Source: „Overwatch vs. TF2” / The Winglet/ YouTube.

Blizzard will finally release its games on Steam. The trail will be blazed by Overwatch 2, which will hit Valve's platform on August 10 (where the game already has its card), which will coincide with the debut of season 5 of the big update called Invasion.

This is to be the first of "several selected games", which will soon be found on Steam. Unfortunately, it was not specified what titles we can expect to see in the future. Presumably, the biggest hits like Diablo 4 will not be among them, although for now their release on Steam cannot be completely ruled out.

Probably no company has resisted distributing its PC games through Steam for as long as Blizzard Entertainment. Even Electronic Arts and Ubisoft eventually began releasing their titles on the platform, albeit intermittently, not all of them and on top of that with additional requirements.

Blizzard, moreover, will follow in the footsteps of both of these publishers: to play Overwatch 2 it will still be necessary to log in via More details are to be known "when the time is right".

Choice of Overwatch 2 as Blizzard's first game on Steam is unlikely to need explaining. A free-to-play shooter is probably the perfect kind of game if we want to attract the attention of a lot of Steam users (and gamers in general).

Besides it's no secret, that second Overwatch quickly lost popularity after its release. Timing the release of the game on PC gaming's most popular platform with the new season and the release of the biggest update yet should help boost a somewhat thinned user base

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Overwatch brings the rivalry with Team Fortress 2 to the enemy. Source: "Overwatch vs. TF2" animation / The Winglet / YouTube.

The other thing is that this decision will have interesting consequences, first and foremost making information on Blizzard's games through available to players the Steam database. This way we will see, among other things, statistics on popularity, but probably also potential activities of dataminers revealing development plans for these productions.

Beyond that, Overwatch 2 will have strong competition on Steam. On the platform, it has long been possible to download Paladins, still enjoying considerable popularity (via Steam DB). There is also no shortage of other team-based FPSs, led by Team Fortress 2, which, despite Valve's neglect, is not only still alive, but is even experiencing a renaissance after the debut of a major (albeit de facto fan-made) update.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).