With over 20 million players to its name, it’s only fitting that Blizzard’s Overwatch gets a league of its own.
Unlike tournaments, the league will be spread over longer timeframe, giving teams more time to establish themselves.
Besides bragging rights, this move also signals the possibility for players to have a professional career in Overwatch.
“The Overwatch League represents not only the pinnacle of Overwatch competition, but also a genuine career opportunity for the most skilled Overwatch players,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re building a league that’s accessible to players and fans, sustainable, and exciting for everyone involved.”
Borrowing elements from traditional sports leagues, the Overwatch League will host a “combine” for pro players to be evaluated before officially joining teams. Players signed to a team will receive a base salary and benefits package, though Blizzard has yet to announce the exact figures.
Players who make the cut will represent individual cities, and unlike sports such as football, there will be no relegation, ensuring that teams are able to improve their performance in the years to come. See the league trailer here:
Visit the Overwatch League’s official website for updates.