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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has left the Blizzard Entertainment organization

Jeff Kaplan, the most public face of Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch, has left the organization.

In a letter posted today, Kaplan said “it was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at Blizzard who supported our games, our game teams, and our players. But I want to say a special thanks to the wonderful game developers that shared in the journey of creation with me.” It’s not satisfactory where Kaplan is going, yet his residency at Blizzard lasted 19 years.

It’s additionally unclear how could affect Overwatch. The game is in a bizarre spot right now, with a sequel in the work that isn’t relied upon to launch until after this year. Aaron Keller, portrayed as a founding member of the Overwatch team and a 18-year Blizzard veteran, will be taking over Kaplan’s role.

In an explanation, he expressed: “Jeff’s been a great leader, mentor, and friend, and he knows how much we’re going to miss him. I’ve been lucky to work alongside him and the rest of the Overwatch team for many years in building something that continues to inspire people all around the world, and I’m honored to carry the torch forward.”

He added that “development is continuing at a good pace” on Overwatch 2 and that “we’ll be sharing more frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game with you all very soon.”

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Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland is live now with three new accomplishments

Winter Wonderland 2020 has shown up in Overwatch, running until January 5th and bringing three new accomplishments, new cosmetics, and weekly rewards. The Winter Wonderland 2020 accomplishment list has three accomplishments worth a total of 45 Gamerscore, none of which are secret.

The current year’s Winter Wonderland brings another Winter fight with new sprays. Freezethaw Elimination is a 4v4 fight which transforms you into a block of ice as opposed to dying. Your colleagues can thaw you, and in the event that you figure out how to freeze every one of your adversaries, you win. Snowball Deathmatch is back as a 8-person brawl, with Yeti Hunter as a 6-player brawl with five Meis battling one Winston yeti. Ultimately, Mei’s Snowball Offensive is a 6v6 brawl where everyone plays as Mei with the ability to fire one “super-powered snowball.”

You can acquire sprays, player icons, and skins as weekly rewards for the next three weeks by winning Quick Play, Competitive Play, and Arcade games. In Week 1, which runs until December 22nd, winning three games gets you the Elf Junkrat Player Icon. Winning six gets the Elf Junkrat Spray, and winning nine gets the Elf Junkrat Epic Skin. In Week 2, from December 22nd to December 29th, three successes gets you the Gingerbread Ana Player Icon, six successes unlocks the Gingerbread Ana Spray, and nine gets you the Gingerbread Ana Epic Skin. In Week 3, from December 29th to January 5th, winning three games gets you the Frosty Roadhog Player Icon, six gets you the Frosty Roadhog Spray, and nine unlocks the Frosty Roadhog Epic Skin. Winter Wonderland 2020 closures on January 5th.