Greetings, citizens! Today is Groundhog Day, celebrating an annual tradition in the US and Canada. On this day, a large furry rodent emerges from its burrow and, as the tradition goes, if it sees its shadow, it will retreat to its den and winter will go on for six more weeks. If, however, it does not see its shadow, spring will supposedly arrive early. While this tradition remains popular on Earth, studies have found no consistent association between a groundhog seeing its shadow and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather. Due to the lack of groundhogs on Planet Atmos, and the aforementioned evidence of tomfoolery, we simply wish you a happy Friday. Let’s take a look at this week on Planet Atmos.
Get to know the teams that make up the ExoGP League. We’ve recently added new colored team stickers to our Discord server. Now, when you stop by the Planet Atmos Discord, you’ll notice a vibrant array of colors representing different racing teams within our universe. These stickers aren’t just about adding some flair to your profile; they’re a way for you to express your allegiance to your favorite ExoGP racing teams. Plus, they make it easier for you to connect with like-minded players and form squads for future epic gaming sessions. Check out the list of available team stickers, investigate their backstories in the official Planet Atmos wiki, and select the team that resonates with you the most. Whether you’re a fierce competitor, yearning to master the Atmosian skies, or a casual player with an inclination for camaraderie, there’s a team sticker for everyone.
In industry news, Blizzard Entertainment has partnered with ESL FACEIT Group to establish the Overwatch Champions Series (OWCS) on Overwatch Esports. Following the surprising closure of the Overwatch League last year, the OWCS aims to offer a more traditional, globally accessible format compared to the previous franchise-based model. The series will include open qualifiers and tournaments in North America, EMEA, and Asia. Two major tournaments are scheduled for 2024, taking place at DreamHack Dallas Major and DreamHack Stockholm, showcasing the top eight OWCS teams worldwide. This shift signifies a more international focus for Overwatch esports, with FACEIT providing a platform for aspiring players and supporting third-party competitions.
Read more about the new Overwatch Champions Series from Esports Insider:
For this week’s highlight, we’d like to call out and appreciate community member Gaidheil! Aside from their regular visits and engagements with the community, they recently took part in one of our playtesting events for ExoGP and have shared some excellent footage with the team from their experience. Keep an eye out for some of that footage on the Planet Atmos TikTok. Thank you, Gaidheil!