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Competitive Play “temporarily disabled”, will come back “sometime after Overwatch launches”


Competitive Play has been disabled for the Overwatch open beta and it won’t be coming back until some time after the game’s launch, according to a forum post from game director Jeff Kaplan. 

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Competitive Play was a late game option – only available from level 25 – that allowed players to rank up through month-long seasons, getting aesthetic rewards for doing so, but Blizzard are looking at tweaking it based on fan feedback.

“We worked extremely hard to get Competitive Play in the game for closed beta,” says Kaplan in the forum post. “We’ve been reading feedback from the community and taking it all to heart. As a result, we’ve temporarily disabled Competitive Play for open beta so that we can rework the system and make it better.

“Our plan is to bring back a newly re-designed version of Competitive Play sometime after Overwatch launches. Thanks for all of the feedback, and thank you for being patient with us while we work to improve the game!”

While Kaplan didn’t specify what exactly will be changed, it’s seemingly not going to reappear until it’s ready, which is some unspecified time after launch.