Blizzard wanted to hold a special event to promote Heroes of the Storm, their popular MOBA title, called the Nexus Challenge. This Nexus Challenge was meant to bring in new players from their other franchises, as the entire point of HotS is that you can play as characters from Blizzards’ other series. And one of the rewards was that if you partook in this long enough, you’d get some exclusive Overwatch skins.
This enticed a lot of players, and they indeed did go and play Heroes of the Storm so that they could get the Oni Genji and Police D.Va outfits, but not everyone was happy. You see, some people can’t play Heroes of the Storm (for numerous reasons) and so they felt sad because they would have no chance to get these new skins. So these people took to Battle.net to talk about it, and Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan revealed that Blizzard would honor those players by putting the two “exclusive” outfits in a lootbox down the road.
Well, this made other Overwatch players very angry. Because the loss of “exclusivity” made the event feel pointless, so they went to Battle.net to complain about this development. Which in turn made other posts complaining about the complainers. This latter one stated that it shouldn’t matter whether it comes to lootboxes or not. It’s their decision, and complaining about it is pointless. Or in the words of the topic starter, Fireboy 769:
Some players were a bit more articulate in their critiques, which noted that there isn’t a problem with it coming to lootboxes, but a feeling of lost time was definitely there:
“I don’t mind that it’s coming to boxes, console players who don’t own a PC are finally getting a chance to get the skin, but it feels like I wasted my time,” notes Doudanuki.
It should be noted that Kaplan didn’t specify when the lootboxes would get the special skins. He just said it would come down the road. So in a way, the skins are still exclusive, they’re just a timed exclusive. Where do you fall on this? Should these Overwatch skins not be in lootboxes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.