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Special Project

Special Project
From the 15th Annual Shorty Awards

Overwatch 2

Entered in TikTok Presence

About this entry

In 2016, Overwatch cut through the haze of cynical military shooters and reductive deathmatch with a vibrant, collaborative cast of characters. Millions flocked to a world that stood for optimism, bravery, teamwork, and a brighter tomorrow.

In 2022, Overwatch 2 needed to recapture this magic while introducing a worldwide audience to a new, free-to-play offering. Returning them to a place where teamwork is king, optimism rules the day, and your favorite heroes are waiting.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Knowing our target audience's preferences and behavior, we wrapped our campaign around an entirely new TikTok presence.

To capture the imagination of Overwatch and free-to-play players, we focused on the title's most enduring and far-reaching appeal: Characters.

By placing an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork with characters at the center, we developed a campaign that deeply resonated with our target audiences across the social networks they call home.

We leveraged platform best practices around sounds, content length, and community feedback to build a continually improving presence.

Both in the lead-up to launch and through continuing season-over-season support, our effort is to reposition Overwatch as a living place where players can come together to live their heroic dreams.


With 57+ million TikTok views since launch, Overwatch 2 broke day-one player records and ongoing player base expectations for Blizzard, surpassing targets and delighting audiences worldwide. The focal point of our social presence, Overwatch TikTok has become a beacon of positivity, engagement, and inspiration for our community.


Entrant Company / Organization Name

Mutiny, Activision Blizzard


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