|“||Today, Watson is a sad and desperate place. It's one of Night City's poorest districts and it's a battleground between Maelstrom and Tyger Claws.||„|
— Cyberpunk 2077
The Watson District is one of the six districts of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077. Being the district where the player starts at in the game, it has a big Asian influence, run-down buildings once owned by Corps, and is home to immigrants of several ethnicities. V has an apartment in one of the megabuildings in the area, and Victor's workshop is in the district, as well, behind Misty's.
For a period of time Watson was a thriving district. People visited for the various Nightclubs, skyscrapers, corporate offices, a top-end medcenter, and even the biggest black market in all of Night City. Many Japanese corporations invested billions of eurodollars into the district competing with the giant Arasaka, their intent was to make it self-sufficient and prosperous. Everything changed after the Unification War, and Arasaka returned to the city. It bled the corporations dry and changed Watson forever. Without a stable financial sector, the glory days ended of Watson had ended: the Northside Industrial District, once a cutting edge technology park, could no longer provide jobs, leaving people out on the street. Arasaka took advantage of the economic vacuum by taking over the district for its gain. The Arasaka Corporation finally got the port-access in the waterfront that it always wanted.
In 2077, Watson is a sad and desperate place. It well known as one of the city's poorest districts, with many industrial factories and plants being completely abandoned. Watson is also the battleground between the Maelstrom and Tyger Claws gangs. The Maelstrom settled in the Northside Industrial District (NID). Filled with factories (most of which are abandoned) and working-class apartment blocks. The well-known Totentanz bar is also located here.
Tyger Claws operate from Little China and Kabuki. Little China was once an extension of Downtown area; it's a high density urban region with skyscrapers, overpopulated with Asian immigrants during the late 2040s. The old Med Center here is located in this area, with it is the infamous Solos bar Afterlife. It was once the best place in all of Night City to legally spend some money on your body, but has since been overrun by the Kabuki Market.
Kabuki is a maze of narrow alleyways located right next to Little China. At night, they turn into a bazaar for implants, organs, steroids, and much more. It's said anything a person could desire can be found in the Kabuki Market. This makes Watson a prime target for Scavs, a ruthless gang that kidnap and harvest peoples’ organs and implants for resale on the black market.
As for the rest of Watson, it belongs to Arasaka in an area known as the Arasaka Waterfront. This place is completely off limits to anyone who isn't an employee of the corporation.