Yesterday, Overwatch’s Halloween event came to a conclusion. All those snazzy skins went back into the vault, never to be released again until society reaches sufficient levels of spookiness. Problem is, the event ended a bit earlier than Blizzard forecasted, and some players were banking on those final few moments.

You might think, “Why the hell did they wait so long to buy Witch Mercy, that shining beacon for all the Internet’s thirst?” Well, top-tier skins are expensive, and many players decided to grind loot boxes until the very last second in hopes that their favorite skin would drop. When it didn’t, they figured they’d just purchase it at, say, 3:30 PM or 3:45 PM PT—shortly before the event’s stated end time of 4 PM PT.

Unfortunately, Blizzard cleared Overwatch’s cobwebs and herded its Frankensteins back into their trademark Frankenstein Pen (TM) at around 3 PM PT. Now there are countless threads on the official Overwatch forums and the game’s subreddit that amount to, essentially, “Hey, I was still using that!”


Nestled between all the ire, some people have made constructive suggestions, like a countdown timer to the conclusion of future events. That way, there won’t be any room for confusion or doubt.

Others want Blizzard to briefly bring back the event so they can snatch the skins they spent weeks coveting from afar. As of now, Blizzard has yet to respond.


Did you come away from Overwatch’s Halloween event with all the skins you wanted? Or did you also wait until its final moments, only to be spurned by the hoary old forces of time and maybe, like, a server error?