Overwatch 2 players slam “predatory” skin prices

Andrew Highton
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Overwatch 2’s skins are causing some real unrest in the game’s community as players are bemoaning the price of the game’s “predatory” cosmetics.

Changing Overwatch 2 to a free-to-play format over the original’s paid form was always going to come with some positives and negatives.

In order to maintain a sustainable business model, making the game free meant that Blizzard would have to implement paid cosmetic content to be able to provide future updates for the game’s fanbase.

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Overwatch 2 fans feel that the company have gone overboard though, and are calling them “a fully predatory corporation now” in response to the money being charged for cosmetic items.

Are Overwatch 2 skins too expensive?

“You wanna tell me this is worth €50 Blizzard?” a clearly irked Overwatch Reddit user asked, along with an emoji of a clown.

Their post on the official subreddit was accompanied by a picture of Mercy’s Hexe outfit – a special Halloween skin from the first Overwatch – and showed that the skins cost 2400 Overwatch Coins, the game’s premium currency, instead of its usual price tag of 5700.

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For reference, the Overwatch 2 shop on Battle.net shows that you can actually pay for the exact amount of 5700 Overwatch coins and it’ll cost you $49.99.

What’s worse is that players revealed that not only is this an old skin, but one player said: “I got that for free out of a loot box I got for playing 1 game on Tank in OW1. Blizzard is such a joke.”

Currently, players can earn 60 Overwatch Coins per week, and one player calculated that to buy this skin at full price it would take players 95 weeks to buy it.

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In response to the skin price and cosmetics in general in Overwatch 2, another Reddit user had this to say: “It’s weird, I actually feel kinda bad wearing one of my legendary skins because it might entice one of the new players to buy something. Blizz is a fully predatory corporation now.”

Needless to say, there has been a significant backlash to the prices being charged for cosmetics – particularly older ones. We’ll have to see if Blizzard continues with this approach moving forward and if people keep buying them.

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For some free Overwatch 2 skins, check out how to get free skins and rewards during Overwatch League season, as well as info on getting the McDonald’s Epic Lightning Tracer skin.

Image Credit: Blizzard

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