Blizzard Announces Overwatch League

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Overwatch, a team-based multiplayer game, has achieved tremendous success in such a short period of time. Since its release on May 24, 2016, the game has taken the world by storm. More than 30 million people play this game! Bearing in mind that the popularity of Overwatch shows no signs of slowing down, Blizzard announced the league that hopes to attract more players, increase competitiveness, and improve the overall quality of Overwatch. We bring you all the details below.

Overwatch league

If we take into consideration the immense success of Overwatch game, then the league is a logical step. Co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, explained that Overwatch is well-known for its diversity, a game that gathers a large group of international heroes who fight for the optimistic vision of future, and the league is designed to keep that spirit alive. The Overwatch league is set to start later this year and offers opportunities for talented and driven players to establish themselves in the world of esports. Team owners will also benefit from the league as well as creators themselves through advertising, ticketing, broadcast rights revenues. The league is expected to increase fan base even more. In fact, Overwatch league is the first major esports league that will feature a city-based structure. As a result, the league is set to drive the development of local fan bases and allow players from local teams to show what they’re made of and succeed. During the first season, regular-season matches will be played at an esports arena in Los Angeles area while teams develop local venues. Home and away matches will be played in local venues in upcoming seasons. League matches will take place three days a week: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Make sure you visit the website regularly in order to get more details about schedules, games, dates, and other important info about this brand new league. All teams will receive an equal share of all league-wide net revenues, which are going to help them survive in the world of esports. Teams will keep all revenues generated through their home territory and venue up to a specific amount each year. This has never been done in esports leagues before, which is yet another reason why Overwatch league is expected to turn into a massive success.

New team owners

After several months of speculations, Blizzard has revealed the line-up for the first Overwatch league and new team owners. They are:

  • Andy Miller, Chairman, and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
  • Ben Spoont, CEO, and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
  • Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder, and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
  • Kevin Chou, Co-Founder of Kabam (Seoul)
  • NetEase (Shanghai)
  • Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
  • Robert Kraft, Chairman, and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)

Morhaime also added that Blizzard decided to create Overwatch league for fans of both traditional sports and esports as well as gaming fans. All individuals who are included in the first season are passionate about professional competition.The league announcement, as well as cities and team owners, come after ESPN reported about speculations regarding Overwatch league and most locations. Blizzard did not reveal anything about the price of slots, it is speculated the value is around $20 million.

Bottom line

Overwatch game has been released in May 2016 and within one year it achieved an amazing success. Millions of people around the globe play this game, but starting this year they will also have their league. The Overwatch league is revolutionary in terms of structure and revenue, it will be interesting to see how it’s going to work. Visit us for more info about Overwatch.

About the Author: Aman El TawilAmna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.