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Overwatch Summer Games 2021 - Everything You Need to Know

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Overwatch is five years old already, oh where does the time go. Blizzard has been celebrating all month with its Overwatch Anniversary event, but as things begin to warm up, it's time to start planning for the annual Overwatch Summer Games!


The Summer Games are Overwatch's take on the Olympics (the first event ran concurrently with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro) and have been held every summer since.

It's a fun, sport-themed event that has introduced some cool new game modes, and awesome skins.

When Does the Overwatch Summer Games 2021 Event Begin?

The short answer is we don't know yet. Blizzard has made a habit of announcing events really close to their start date, so we may have a little while to wait yet.

What we can do is look at the dates the event ran through in years past. It is generally held in early August but has been held in July before.

  • 2016: August 2 to August 23
  • 2017: August 8 to August 29
  • 2018: August 9 to August 30
  • 2019: July 16 to August 5
  • 2020: August 4 to August 25

What Game Modes will Feature in Summer Games 2021?

The Summer Games is the traditional home of fan-favourite game mode, Lucioball, and its spinoff, Lucioball Remix.

Lucio Ball is Overwatch's take on soccer, but with the added powers and abilities of everyone's favourite DJ, Lucio.

Lucioball is sure to return in some shape or form, but who knows, maybe this year we will get an entirely new game mode?

What Skins Can we Expect From Summer Games 2021?

Skins from previous Summer Games events have mostly revolved around having our various heroes cosplay as different kinds of athletes, Tracer as a runner, Lucio as a hockey player, you get the idea.

Over the years, these skins have gotten fairly inventive, and as the roster of playable heroes has grown, so too has the amount of work that goes into creating their sporty getups.

Expect this year to be no different. As we get closer to the kickoff date, we will update this page with the relevant information, as and when it becomes available.

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