As announced a few days ago, Square Enix and Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Asia hosted today an Overwatch match between two teams belonging to the two companies led by the respective presidents Yosuke Matsuda and Atsushi Morita.
This is the second event of its kind, with Square Enix basically obliterating the PlayStation team at Call of Duty: Black Ops III back in February. This was Sony’s chance to get revenge for the past defeat, but it wasn’t to be.
The first two rounds were played on Assault mode, with the two presidents playing directly. Interestingly Square Enix also counted among its team members Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn composer Masayoshi Soken, who proved to be a quite competent D.Va player. Both assault rounds were won by Square Enix.
The heat of competition was turned up with the second round, as the Presidents took the bench and some of the most competitive players from both teams stepped on the stage. Two rounds were played on Escort mode, with Square Enix defending first and then attacking. The Square Enix team managed to keep the payload just a few yards away from the goal with an epic and stubborn defense in the first round, and then succeeded in pushing through while attacking just 12 seconds from the end. This was probably the most exciting part of the event.
The last three rounds were played in Control mode, with Square Enix bringing home the first round, and Sony’s team finally managing to save face by winning the last two rounds. Yet, overall victory was firmly into Square Enix’s camp.
The event ended with the two Presidents giving a quick speech (like last time, Morita-san had a rather cheesy sad BGM on the background, which made his speech especially entertaining), and the PlayStation team challenged the Square Enix team to a “revenge match” at Tokyo Game Show.
Will Sony finally manage to win one, or maybe it’ll be a third victory for Square Enix? We’ll know in September, but in the meanwhile, you can check out the full recording below. It’s definitely entertaining.