Could Blizzard be changing the game?
Blizzard has announced a new push for Overwatch’s esports scene called Overwatch League, creating a community and new positions for players. It’s a program that functions much more like an actual sport, pushing things away from prize pools, in an effort to make it more of a viable career.
Major cities across North America, South America, Europe, China, South Korea and the South Pacific will have dedicated teams. Blizzard will host a series of combines where players can try out for major city teams and then be drafted, along with coaches for each team. The programswill be free agency, and selected players will earn baseline minimum salaries as well as benefits.
Blizzard says that the team positions will be secured, as they want to foster local talent as well as a fan following for each team. Of course at a season’s end the best teams will play against each other in front of a global audience. Sounds a lot like a league and championship, something we see in Football and other sports.
The first season of Overwatch League starts in 2017, and Blizzard will be announcing dates and locations at a later date, along with more details. You can see a quick introduction video the company released for it, today at Blizzcon.
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