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Overwatch Anniversary Event 2021: start date, skins, challenges, & more

Overwatch releases new Anniversary Event for 2021 to celebrate their 2016 release in style, introducing new content and challenges.

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The 2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event gives players new content, challenges, and skins to unlock in celebration of the games release five years ago.

While players are eager to learn more about Overwatch 2, Blizzard Entertainment aims to keep players entertained through the new Anniversary Event.

As this could be the last Anniversary Event players will see in the first installment of Overwatch, let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

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What is the 2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event?

Overwatch’s Anniversary event rolls around every year to celebrate the game’s official release date back in 2016. Here’s everything you need to know about 2021’s iteration, including the dates, skins, and more. 

The annual Anniversary event lets players party in style to celebrate the game getting another year older and brings us a whole payload full of new content every year.

2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event start date

The 2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event will run from May 18 to June 8 this year, allowing players a decent amount of time to enjoy the new content.

2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event skins

Every year the Anniversary event brings some amazing skins, sprays, and other cosmetics. With around 3 Epic and 5 Legendary drops, some of the game’s most iconic cosmetics have come out of the Anniversary event.

All of these will be available for purchase during the event using Overwatch’s in-game currency, as well as in the special Anniversary Loot Crates.

Funky Baptiste

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Venus Moira

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Junkfood Junkrat

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Gladiator Doomfist

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Black Cat Sombre

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2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event challenges

Weekly challenges have become a staple part of Overwatch events. Usually offering a themed spray, icon, and Legendary skin in return for winning a set amount of games every week, Weekly Challenges are an easy way to bag unique cosmetics.

For Anniversary, Blizzard have switched things up a bit:

  • You need to play 27 games of Quickplay
  • Every 9 games, you will receive an icon, spray then skin
  • Winning counts as two games

This cycle should reset every week for the three weeks of the Anniversary event, therefore giving you the chance to get 3 unique icons, sprays, and skins.

The Weekly Challenge skins are:

Week one: Cybermedic Ana

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Week two: Bird of Paradise Echo

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Week three: 8 Ball Wrecking Ball

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Make sure to get on, play your games, and complete challenges before June 8 to acquire these skins.


That’s all you need to know about the Overwatch Anniversary Event. We’ll update this page as more details become available, so stay tuned!

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How to get Fortnite Balenciaga cosmetics: Outfits, Backblings & free Sprays

Fortnite Season 8 includes a crossover with luxury fashion brand Balenciaga, so here’s how to get all of the associated cosmetics.

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Fortnite’s latest crossover is with luxury fashion house Balenciaga, so here’s how to get your hands on all of the deluxe cosmetics arriving in Season 8.

Fortnite Season 8 is continuing the trend of ambitious pop-culture crossovers, bringing Carnage and Naruto to the game. In true Fortnite fashion, the crossovers only get more ambitious, this time collaborating with high-end fashion house Balenciaga.

A ton of Balenciaga Outfits, Backblings, Pickaxes, and more, are coming to the battle royale, along with new challenges to earn some free goodies.

Here’s how to get your hands on all of the Balenciaga Fortnite crossover cosmetics.

How to get Balenciaga cosmetics in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Balenciaga Game Knights outfit

The majority of the Balenciaga cosmetics arrived in Fortnite’s Item Shop on September 20 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM PT / 1 AM BST (September 21).

Each bundle usually costs 2,700 V-Bucks, but they are currently reduced to 1,800 V-Bucks. Of course, you can also purchase the items separately.

From the Item Shop, you can purchase:

  • Unchained Ramirez Outfit (1,500 V-Bucks)
  • Shady Doggo Outfit (1,200 V-Bucks)
  • Fashion Banshee Outfit (1,500 V-Bucks)
  • Game Knight Outfit (1,200 V-Bucks)
  • Logo Lugger Back Bling (included with Unchained Ramirez)
  • Skate Pocket Duffle Back Bling (included with Game Knight)
  • Everyday Sleekpack Back Bling (included with Fashion Banshee)
  • Camo Carrier Back Bling (included with Shady Doggo)
  • Speed Sneaker Pickaxe (800 V-Bucks)
  • Parasail Purse Glider (800 V-Bucks)
  • Signature Look Wrap (300 V-Bucks)
  • The Look Emote (300 V-Bucks)

Also, the Shady Dogg outfit is based on a real-life Fortnite x Balenciaga collaboration, which you can purchase in Balenciagas stores and on the website.

How to get free Balenciaga Sprays in Fortnite

Fortnite Free Balenciaga Sprays

There are also some free Balenciaga Sprays you can unlock as part of their collaboration with Fortnite.

The Shady Doggo character will offer you two Quests, and you’ll get the free Sprays for completing them. These Quests are now live and will last until September 28.

To unlock the Fashion Doggo Spray and Knight Looks Spray, you’ll need to:

  • Emote in front of Shady Doggo graffiti at Retail Row, Believer Beach, or Steamy Stacks (1)
  • Collect Triple S sneakers in the Strange Times Featured Hub (40)

Once you’ve completed these two challenges, the Balenciaga Sprays will be in your inventory.

How to emote in front of Shady Doggo graffiti

Fortnite Shady Doggo Spray location
  1. Load into Fortnite Battle Royale
  2. Land in or outside Retail Row
  3. Head to the wall at the back of the Noms Store
  4. Emote in front of the Shady Doggo spraypaint

As indicated by the challenge, you need to find Shady Doggo graffiti in either Retail Row, Believer Beach, or Steamy Stacks. Once you find it, you just need to do an emote and the challenge will be complete.

We recommend heading the back of the Noms store in Retail Row to quickly get this challenge done. You’ll see three Shady Doggos spraypainted on the wall, so simply dance in front of it, the Quest will be complete and you’ll get the Fashion Doggo Spray.

How to collect Triple S Sneakers

Fortnite Triple S Sneaker in Creative hub
  1. Load into Fortnite Creative
  2. Search around the Strange Times Featured Hub for sneakers
  3. Approach 40 of them
  4. If you’re struggling, listen out for the hum they emit

Triple S sneakers can be found all over the Strange Times Featured Hub. Simply load into Creative, and you’ll find sneakers all over the area. You don’t need to interact with them, just step near and you’ll collect them.

There are tons of sneakers around so you won’t have any trouble completing this challenge. But if you only have a few left and you’re struggling, listen out for the humming sound that they emit.

Collect 40 sneakers and the Knight Looks Spray will be yours.


For more Fortnite, you can check out how to complete the first batch of Punchcard Quests and check out the best weapons in Season 8.

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Apex Legends players slam “joke” $10 Holospray

Apex Legends players are slamming the developers for introducing an “overpriced” Holospray in the battle royale.

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Respawn Entertainment often introduce new cosmetic items in Apex Legends, but players aren’t happy with a new Holospray that they consider to be overpriced.

There are various unique characters and weapons to choose from in Apex Legends, and you can customize these with some neat cosmetics, including new skins, heirlooms, and Holosprays.

Some of these items are more popular than others, and a few of them sometimes leave players scratching their heads. Now, a new Holospray has been revealed and Apex fans aren’t happy with it.

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Reddit user the_best_wraith_main showcased a new Apex Legends Holospray that’s available for purchase. It seems to be Nessie wearing a golden crown while sitting on top of a throne.

While this is a fun little cosmetic, the player was upset about the high price of the item. “10 dollars for this Holospray? Is this some joke that I can’t understand?” asked the Redditor.

Many of the commenters were in agreement that $10 seems a bit too pricey for a simple Holospray and began slamming the developers for this decision.

Many players were quick to blame EA for this and mentioned that you could previously get much more for this price. “Remember when 10 pounds allowed you to get prime titans,” wrote one user.

Other commenters stated that these decisions are made by Respawn and not EA while advising players to not buy overpriced items. Despite this, a few users still appreciated the art on the Holospray.

There was also a little Nessie emote in Season 9, and you could actually see the monster come out of the water in the original King’s Canyon map. So, it’s fitting that developers made a Holospray for the beast.

For more Apex Legends, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out our article on when cross-progression is coming to Apex Legends.

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When is cross-progression coming to Apex Legends?

Apex Legends has crossplay for Xbox, PC, and PlayStation. Find out if can transfer your progress around all the systems and platforms.

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Apex Legends has crossplay available on pretty much every platform, with a Mobile version soon to be released publicly. Now there is one thing on players’ minds – Apex Legends cross-progression, and can you do it?

Since the original launch of Apex Legends in February 2019, the game has made many strides towards catching up with competitors Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. First, it began with its cosmetic store & seasonal battle pass system, capitalizing on its free-to-play status with microtransactions for players.

Next up, it launched its crossplay system on October 6, 2020 – uniting players across consoles and PC. The crossplay system is different from competitors since PC players will only still be placed against other PC players.

Forwarding to the present, players are merging across platforms, but can they also merge their accounts and progress across different platforms?

What is cross-progression in Apex Legends and does Apex have it?

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So for players jumping across platforms, will your progression follow you? The short answer is no. Currently, there is no way to have your Apex Legends rank, profile, cosmetics, Legend unlocks, and skins follow you to another platform.

The only exception is changing between the Origin launcher to Steam on PC, where you will have your data transfer over.

Potential release date for Apex Legends cross-progression

There is good news for players who are still waiting for cross-progression to come to Apex Legends. It still appears to be on the developer’s to-do list, with Respawn’s Game Director Chad Grenier commenting on the subject in a Reddit post.

“It’s something we are very passionate about, and we’re looking at our options available. Much harder post-launch since users may have multiple accounts to merge or use. Easier with Steam because it’s at launch. We’ll give an update when we have something to talk about” said Grenier.

Reddit post discussing cross-progression in Apex Legends

Based on Grenier’s comment, it appears that Cross Progression has a chance to come in the future, but it is currently a difficult task for the team due to users who have multiple accounts across platforms.

For those cases, it looks like Respawn might offer an account merge option of some type, which may be tricky for them to implement back end.

Since these comments, there has been a further update on the situation by Chad Grenier, who stated in another Reddit AMA that “it’s still a ways off.”

Hopefully, the devs can figure out how to implement cross-progression into Apex Legends. This would make life much easier for those who wish to change the platform without sacrificing their account data.


Also, make sure to check out everything we know about Apex Legends Season 11 so far.

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