I can’t believe it finally came to this – I’m using Bing to accumulate enough points to earn Overwatch 2 Coins and eventually buy one of the new skins. But I’m not the only one who can take advantage of this; You also can.
Overwatch 2 skins just got more accessible thanks to Microsoft Awards (opens in a new tab). You can use Bing and several other methods to earn Microsoft Points for rewards such as gift cards, sweepstakes, and now Overwatch 2 Coins.
All you need to do is sign in to your Microsoft account and access your points. If you’ve been using Bing for a while and haven’t used your points, there’s a good chance you’ll have quite a lot of them.
Once you’ve determined how many points you have, go to the redeem section in the store and search for “Overwatch 2”. Here you will find several options, but the one you want is the Overwatch Coins digital code. After selecting the number of coins, a digital code will be sent to your Microsoft email address that you can redeem Battle.net (opens in a new tab).
Mind num-bing search
Let’s divide the number of these reward points.
You can choose 200 coins for 1,800 points, 500 coins for 5,000 points or 1,000 coins for 10,000 points. That’s why you can get Orisa’s new Star Sheep Pack, which costs 1,900 Overwatch Coins for around 20,000 points. You can also purchase the new Street Runner Genji Bundle worth 1,500 Overwatch Coins for 15,000 points.
However, if you really want to save on points, it may be wiser to buy 200 coins and build from there. Choosing 200 coins is better value for money, with the Oris skin only costing 17,100 points and the Genji skin needing 13,500 points if you use this technique and only get 200 coins at a time. While this is a great way to get the most out of your Microsoft points, it’s not as easy as buying larger packages. It’s a bit counterintuitive, but trust me, it’s the best way to get the most bang for your buck. Also, due to the price increase of Overwatch skins in odd numbers, it is easier to buy 500 or 1000 coins.
While it may seem tedious, it’s not as hard as it sounds and can save you money. It’s worth remembering that 1,000 coins in Overwatch cost $10 / £8.60 / AU$15.40, which translates to 10,000 Microsoft Points, all of which can be earned by doing virtually nothing.
While you can save money with Microsoft Rewards Points, they didn’t come out of nowhere – it takes a while to accumulate points. It should be noted that Tier 1 members earn up to 5 points per day and 150 points per month by searching through Bing on a PC or mobile device.
Tier 2 members, on the other hand, earn up to 20 points per day and 600 points per month. So if you’re a fan of Oris’ new Star Sheep skin, it’ll take a staggering 4,000 days or 11 years to use Bing.
A disturbing realization by Bing
I can’t decide if I’m justified or cheated by this new hack. On the one hand, I can finally laugh in the face of those who doubted me for using Bing. This is the default setting and I don’t always have time to change it. However, it’s also pretty sad that it takes a decade of Bing to get a free skin in Overwatch 2. Am I that desperate?
Yes I am and I’m not ashamed of it. I am a young professional in an energy crisis; I can’t afford to spend money on things like skins. But I still want to enjoy features that were originally free in the first Overwatch.
My plan is to spend eight years of Bing-ing buying the new Street Running Genji skin because it’s Genji and it has a hood. As far as I’m concerned, it’s worth the effort. For now, I will be using Bing as my search engine. It may sound silly, but after my next big purchase in eight years, I’ll be laughing.