Could we be seeing official Overwatch tournaments sooner than we think?
Activision Blizzard’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, has very informally announced that the company are currently putting together an eSports Pro League for Overwatch, Blizzard’s popular multiplayer class-based shooter.
The Street reports that Kotick made the revelation in an interview with CNBC at last week’s Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, which took place from the 21st to the 23rd of October.
Kotick mentioned the ballooning popularity of the eSports scene, before casually explaining that “what we’re doing is creating professional content. So we’re organizing around teams and leagues. You will have the Overwatch League which will have a certain number of teams. Those teams will be a combination of professional sports teams as owners and endemic sports teams as owners.”
Blizzard itself hasn’t officially announced anything regarding Overwatch’s foray into professional eSports, but Kotick said players will eventually be able to take part in professional leagues, complete with in-person spectating, and arena events.
In other related news, Kotick also suggested that Activision Blizzard aren’t currently developing any virtual reality experiences, as they wouldn’t want to release such products “until we feel like we are pushing the art form forward.”