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Arcade is a game mode in Overwatch that can be accessed by the Play menu. It was added on 15 November, 2016 in place of the Brawl option.

It first launched with 5 game modes: 1v1 Mystery Duel, 3v3 Elimination, 6v6 Mystery Heroes, 6v6 No Limit, 6v6 All Brawls! The Arcade was also updated to include the Game Browser, where players can create and join custom games with tailor-made rules. However, the Game Browser has since left the Arcade, and is currently a separate entity from it.

In addition to those modes, seasonal events' brawls and game modes will replace some Arcade mode in the time of an event.


Primary modes

Only 5 gamemodes are active at any given time. Arcade gamemodes rotate weekly, with the exception of the gamemode in the top-right slot marked with "Changes daily", which consistently changes every day at 00:00 UTC, as well as the gamemode in the bottom-right, which rarely changes.

Mode Description First used
3v3 Elimination Teams of three fight to the death November 15, 2016
1v1 Mystery Duel An equal duel where both players are given the same hero November 15, 2016
Mystery Heroes Heroes are randomly assigned upon spawning November 15, 2016
All Brawls! * Each match has a different, unique ruleset November 15, 2016
No Limits Hero stacking is allowed November 15, 2016
Capture the Flag Capture the enemy's flag and return it to your base February 28, 2017
3v3 Lockout Elimination Same as 3v3 Elimination, but heroes are locked upon winning a round with them May 23, 2017
1v1 Limited Duel Same as 1v1 Mystery Duel, but both teams are given a selection of 3 heroes May 23, 2017
Total Mayhem Doubled health, quartered ability cooldowns May 23, 2017
6v6 Lockout Elimination Same as 3v3 Lockout Elimination, but with teams of 6 June 12, 2017
Low Gravity Gravity is very weak June 20, 2017
Deathmatch An 8 player free-for-all, first to 20 eliminations wins August 29, 2017
Team Deathmatch A 4v4 continuous battle, first team to 30 eliminations wins August 29, 2017

* = No longer in rotation

Special modes

On some special occasions, a gamemode will be added for a limited time.

Mode Date Rule Occasion
Welcome to Oasis January 4-11, 2017
  • All heroes
  • Maps: Oasis only.
Introduction of Oasis
Horizon June 20-27, 2017 Introduction of Horizon Lunar Colony
Doomfist Elimination July 27-August 8, 2017 Introduction of Doomfist
Château Deathmatch August 29-September 5, 2017 Introduction of Deathmatch and Château Guillard
6v6 CTF: Ayutthaya Only February 8-March 6, 2018
  • Maps: Ayutthaya only.
  • Standard Capture the Flag rules
Introduction of Ayutthaya and new Capture the Flag rework

Seasonal Brawls

Every seasonal event except for Anniversary has a unique mode only available during the event.

Brawls Event

Copa Lúcioball

Summer Games
Junkenstein's Revenge

Junkenstein Endless

Halloween Terror
Mei's Snowball Offensive Winter Wonderland
Capture the Rooster Year of the Rooster

Storm Rising


Seasonal modes

Mode Rule Event
Winter Mystery Winter Wonderland


Players can earn up to three Loot Boxes by winning any Arcade game modes. These boxes are rewarded after the 3rd, 6th, and 9th win. The count is reset at 00:00 UTC every Tuesday.

Furthermore, whenever a new Arcade game mode is added in to the Arcade, including Seasonal Events, players can also receive a Lootbox upon winning that game mode for the first time.


  • If the player hovers over the Arcade mode option, a piece of music that resembles the one used in the arcade for Hanamura will jingle.
    • Coincidentally, a remix of Heroes of the Storm's theme can be heard.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black.png February 8, 2018 Patch: Ayutthaya added. Capture the Flag rework and sudden death added.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png November 16, 2017 Patch: One of the arcade slots will now change on a daily basis to include a variety of game modes such as Limited Duel, Low Gravity, and Capture the Flag.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png February 28, 2017 Patch: Game Browser and Capture the Flag added, All Brawl! retired.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png November 15, 2016 Patch: Arcade added. Loading screen now displays the name of the chosen game mode when playing in the Arcade.