Overwatch Logo

overwatch logo

The logo of the online video game Overwatch lends itself to numerous interpretations, as the company hasn’t given an official explanation.

Overwatch logo meaning and history

logo Overwatch

The game published by the US video game developer Blizzard Entertainment was introduced in the spring of 2016 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. However, it was actually unveiled at BlizzCon two years earlier and stayed in a closed beta version for some time.

When starting a game, every player can choose from more than 20 heroes. All the players are divided into teams comprising six members.

The game is Blizzard’s 4th major franchise. We can mention that prior to the release of Overwatch, in 2014, the company canceled the role-playing game Titan.

Description of the emblem Overwatch

overwatch emblem

The complete version of the logo consists of the two parts: the emblem and the wordmark. Both are a combination of orange and dark grey. The emblem is a bold circle with two white gaps. The top part of the circle is orange. There is a symmetrical design inside the circle divided into two parts by a white gap.

Possible explanations of the symbol Overwatch

overwatch symbol

As far as there’ve been no official comments on the topic so far, fans are free to suggest their own interpretations. Let’s see what the logo actually looks like. Thus, we will be able to make a couple of hypotheses as to the emblem’s possible meaning.

  1. The letter “W” superimposed on an “O.” This explanation makes perfect sense, taking into consideration the two parts that can be clearly identified in the name of the video game (“Over” and “Watch”).
  2. The peace sign. This can be explained by the fact that the Overwatch group’s original mission is to stop conflicts and keep the peace.
  3. The central part of the emblem may symbolize two hands put together, possibly praying for peace, while the gold top may represent the rising sun of hope.
  4. Some fans noted that the central part of the logo also looks like two hands high-fiving, which may represent teamwork (Overwatch is definitely a team-based game).
  5. In addition to all these explanations, we can point out that the overall roundel logo looks somewhat similar to a circular Spartan shield. The inner part of the “w” design seems to support this hypothesis, as it looks very much like the Greek letter “lambda.” The “lambda,” which is the equivalent of the letter “L,” stood for “Lacedaemon or Laconia” (the name of the place where Sparta was located).

Overwatch flag

The flag is based on the Overwatch logo. The logo is placed on the dark blue background. The flag could be seen in the official Cinematic Trailer.

Font of the Overwatch

Overwatch Logo

The wordmark features a custom typeface. Interestingly enough, it looks somewhat similar to the letters used in the Nintendo/Namco/Sega’s Triforce system’s logo, with only subtle modifications.

The most characteristic glyph is probably the “A” looking like a “V” placed upside down. We can also point out the “R” and the “O” with the white gaps, the square “C,” as well as the “E” with a shorter central bar. Also, the angles in some letters are cut (“O,” “C,” “E”).