Blizzard’s recent release of Overwatch has taken gaming communities as well as the professional scene by storm within a very short span of time. As a game it has accomplished quite a bit within not just the first few months after its official release, but even managed to shock and awe months before, with cosplays breaking out all over the world.
Akanksha Sachan as Widowmaker (PC: Saka's Snippets)
Diechief Sriniketh striking Tracer's over-the-shoulder pose (PC: Anonymous)
(From the left) Akshay Churi as Genji, Yogesh Gaikwad (Yogesh Cosplay) as Soldier 76, Surya Sreenivasan (from Scythe's Skunkworks) as Gabriel Reyes, Neha Rai as Mercy, Vijay Sinha (Vijay Sinha Cosplay) as Genji, Ankit Singh (from Ironman - the first Indian) as McCree, Diechief Sriniketh (Diechief) as Tracer
As Blizzard still continues to introduce characters from diverse backgrounds (like the recent reveal of Sombra, the hacker from Dorado, Mexico), they also provide crazily detailed reference kits in PDF form for the artists who want to be super precise.
According to Vijay Sinha (a well-known name in the Indian Cosplay Community), “Even if someone hasn't played the game, there's enough to love from the characters, thanks to the animated shorts, the widespread fan art, and of course whatever the international cosplayers have done to promote their love for the game.”
The first page of Tracer's Reference kit
Reetam Majumdar as a casual Genderbend Symmetra (PC: Skydrop Photography)
How can someone so cute be so sadistically evil?
Rashi Chandra and Solario Jade as Mei (PC: Cosplayer RJ)
Looks like Doritos aren't the only thing this gremlin craves!
Pipi Desu as an adorable D'va (PC: Cosplayer RJ)
Games that aspire to become pillars of the professional gaming community have a lot of bases to cover and one of those is ensuring gamers – casual, hardcore and professional alike – have appropriate access to the content and venues for competitive play. DOTA 2 only recently began its outreach to regions such as the South Americas and India when it comes to regional pro-play and server support (with a dedicated server for India only having come up a few short years ago) with third party premier tournaments such as ESL and the likes, after ages of gamers crying out for the same. Luckily, NVIDIA learnt from its more seasoned counterparts and has hosted the GeForce Cup in India for Overwatch, which has done wonders in terms of highlighting great players and giving the Indian gaming community a more relatable competitive streak - something that always works in favor for the interest in a game.
Zenyatta: Tell me your thoughts, my friend.
Prady Das (Prady Das Cosplay and CosPhotography) as Zenyatta, Vijay Sinha (Vijay Sinha Cosplay) as Genji
That, said, Overwatch still has that new game smell and I’m keen to see how far it goes.
Which cosplay did you like best? And which is the character that you’re really looking forward to see cosplayed by our amazing artists in India? Do check out these mind-blowing cosplayers’ pages on Facebook (names in brackets below pictures) and show them some love!
About the author : Purple Shrimp is an upcoming cosplayer who is secretly socially awkward, a tryhard (read:noob) at Dota, loves doggos and uses Nutella as makeup.