The Overwatch 'Puppy Rumble' celebrates the Year of the Dog with real dogs (Updated)

Update: The Puppy Rumble is over but you can watch all the action in the VOD below, and find out more about the competitors (and maybe even adopt one) at

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The Overwatch Year of the Dog event got underway earlier this month, but later today Blizzard will take the action to the next level with the first-ever Puppy Rumble, a no-holds-barred competition featuring real, and really small, dogs. 

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It's not clear how this is going to work, although I'm assuming that there will be no actual dog-fighting involved. It's also unlikely that the puppers involved will pick up controllers for a head-to-head go at each other. Probably we'll see something more suited to their unique skillsets, like running obstacles courses or chewing on things they shouldn't. Or maybe they'll just bumble around in a goofy mess of doogers for awhile, because let's be honest, Blizzard could do nothing but let this squad run loose on stage for an hour and we'd all tune in to watch.

Whatever the Puppy Rumble turns out to be, I expect it will be amazing, and it sounds like there will be some good things happening for the Overdoggos, too. "Our goal is to celebrate the Year of the Dog by making the world a better place for dogs," Blizzard said.

(Update: Blizzard says that the inaugural Puppy Rumble will feature a "friendly capture-the-flag faceoff," and that all the dogs featured in the event are adoptable through Petfinder, one of the program's partners, or their local adoption agencies. Other partners include Wags & Walks, Paws Atlanta, and Austin Pets Alive.)   

The Overwatch Puppy Rumble begins at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET today, and will be livestreamed on Twitch. For a better idea of what's in store, have a look at some stills from the event below.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.