Blizzard have announced that they will create a professional sports league for Overwatch, their wildly successful team based shooter.
Overwatch is played by over 20 million people with more players joining daily so Blizzard have created the league in an effort for the best to distinguish themselves. The Overwatch League will combine elements of esports as well as traditional sports to create a pro-level competitive experience for players. The Overwatch League will focus on long-term stability for teams as well as opportunities for players to establish professional careers just like with traditional sports, which is an exciting concept.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said of the project:
“The Overwatch League represents not only the pinnacle of Overwatch competition, but also a genuine career opportunity for the most skilled Overwatch players. We’re building a league that’s accessible to players and fans, sustainable, and exciting for everyone involved.”
The first season of the Overwatch League is due to start in 2017 and at the start of the Season, Blizzard will host a combine in which eligible players who have previously distinguished themselves in competition will be invited to try out for teams. Players at the combine will be evaluated across a range of tests and teams will be able to sign players based on performance. Anyone lucky enough to be picked by a team will be guaranteed a contract which will include a minimum salary and a benefits package. Overwatch League teams will represent major cities from different regions and once they have been admitted to the league, their spots will be secured, giving them the opportunity to grow in the future.
More information about the Overwatch League including team announcements will come in the coming months on the official website but for now, keep playing in order to stand out if you want a chance to be a part of the league!
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