The head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, Atsushi Morita, and Square Enix CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, will be forming teams to face off in Overwatch. While the choice of game look odd, this is because Square Enix is the publisher of Overwatch in Japan; while the game itself is also available on the PlayStation 4.
Both Morita and Matsuda have met before in the virtual arena. The duo faced off in Call of Duty Black Ops, where the team from SIEJA proved victorious. It looks like Square Enix is looking for a little payback; and fans of Overwatch and PlayStation will get to watch it unfold live.
The announcement of the challenge was also accompanied by a video from SIEJA showing the kinds of preparations that Morita has been making for the big day. It’s a playful take on the training required to play Overwatch. The original announcement is also worth watching, if only to see the CEO of Square Enix wearing Tracer’s goggles while nonchalantly talking to the camera.
Overwatch itself has proven immensely popular in Asia, despite the fact that it is being sold as a full price title. From the reactions of SIEJA and Square Enix, it looks like the Japanese have latched on to the colourful shooter.
The showdown between the two teams will take place on 22 July at 8pm Japan time. It can be viewed on Square Enix’s Japanese Youtube page for those who are curious to see how the heads of two of the biggest gaming companies fare in Blizzard’s latest hit game. The only question is whether the two executives will argue over who gets to be Hanzo.