Caster lets goldfish control his Overwatch broadcast

Caster lets goldfish control his Overwatch broadcast
Blizzard Entertainment | Door

Written by 

Sascha Heinisch


20th Nov 2023 15:15

Leave it to the ingenuity of the Overwatch community to bridge the gap between the demise of the Overwatch League and the announcement of the new esports program.

For the FlashOps series Cameron "Door" Fralick came up with a special treat for his viewers. "I wrote a program that let fish control a professional esports broadcast," the caster introduced the wild idea.

FlashOps as a canvas

In the absence of any news on the future of Overwatch esports, creative minds around the scene have used the space of the global FlashOps tournaments to host co-streams or broadcasts around the respective competitions.

Hosted in Europe, Korea, Japan, SEA, and North America, FlashOps is an open tournament that allows everyone to sign up for the competition. With various former Overwatch League players also competing, the level of play is reasonably high and is about to pick up in the playoffs. 

Casting some of the qualifying matches, Door brought on former Overwatch League caster Harry "LEGDAY" Pollitt to cover the action in North America. Free of all broadcast decorum, the two indulged in the shenanigans, bringing goldfish on as observers.

Fish, shooting in a barrel

On his own personal stream, Door got creative and added various twists to the broadcast of the North American FlashOps games, introducing a subscription goal for all kinds of unusual features.

From having to wear drunk goggles, fitting one marshmallow for every elimination and having to cast with it, or turning off name plates and colours to make the players on each team irrecognisable, Door added fresh paint to the previously rigid casting of an official broadcast.

The fish observing is bound to the spot of the fish in their tank, seemingly tracing the two of them every three seconds and deciding which region of the screen they were most recently moving through.

The corresponding player would then be selected in the live broadcast, switching between points of view at seemingly random which resulted in… interesting observing choices.  FlashOps will continue with its playoff bracket stage, on December 14 in Europe and on the 15th in North America. 

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.

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