Overwatch: A MOBA or FPS?

Ryan Cheng
Jul 7, 2017 · 3 min read

Richard: Hey Alex, what’re you up to?

Alex: Oh hey Richard, I’m just a little angry right now.

Richard: Why’s that? I thought you enjoyed playing Overwatch?

Alex: I don’t know man… It’s not the MOBA I was looking for.

Richard: Ummm… MOBA? It’s clearly an FPS.

Alex: You boosted bonobo: its definitely a MOBA!

Richard: What are you talking about? Every hero in the game has a gun and you’re shooting it from the first-person view! That is the literal definition of an FPS!!

Alex: Lmao you’re an idiot, Overwatch is obviously a MOBA. It’s so similar to League of Legends, it even has separate game modes just like League. If you’re arguing that Overwatch isn’t a MOBA, is SMITE not a MOBA either?

Richard: Have you done any of your research bud?

Alex: Why would I have to do research? It’s obvious, I don’t need to be a dumb nerd like you to know these things.

Richard: … I don’t know what to say man, if you actually knew the definiti —

Alex: You know what, just shut it. I don’t want to hear what comes out of your mouth. It’s all a bunch of crap, no one cares anyways.

Richard: I… *sigh*

Overwatch is actually categorized as a FPS and not a MOBA. A MOBA consists of two opposing teams who’s goal is to destroy the enemy’s main structure. People can argue that Overwatch’s game modes are similar to destroying a “main structure”. For example, some argue that the Assault game mode is capturing a “main structure” which like destroying one. But, people forget that MOBAs also require computer controlled units that roam on set paths, not just the two teams themselves. Overwatch does not have a single computer controlled unit that helps with this mission. Therefore Overwatch cannot possibly be a MOBA.

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