Go Pro with Blizzard’s Overwatch League (Video)
As a part of the many announcements coming out of BlizzCon today, Blizzard Entertainment revealed the formation of its own professional competitive league for its highly acclaimed shooter Overwatch. The video game publisher is no stranger when it comes to operating its own competitive leagues as they have been doing so for years with titles like Star Craft 2. This is pretty big news for the games “20 million registered players” especially if you’ve got skills. Check out the official announcement video below.
In the press release the studio expands on how the league will function.
“The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will begin in 2017. At the start of the season, Blizzard will host a combine, where eligible players who have previously distinguished themselves in competition will be invited to tryout for teams. Players at the combine will be evaluated across a range of tests, giving teams the opportunity to sign those who best round out their rosters. Anyone picked up by a team during the signing period will be guaranteed a contract that includes a baseline minimum salary and benefits package.
To support the growth and sustainability of local fan bases, Overwatch League teams will represent major cities from different regions. Once these city-based teams have been admitted to the league, their spots will be secured, giving them the best opportunity to grow and thrive for years to come.”
“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.” emphasized Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. The company is also describing the competitive circuit as a “world-class sports ecosystem for professional Overwatch competition.”
There you have it folks, another huge piece of news right out of BlizzCon. The first season is not that far off as 2016 draws to a close and as fans ourselves we look forward to what 2017 has in store the franchise.
Are you hyped about this reveal? Let us know by joining the conversation in the comments below and for all the latest news coming straight out of BlizzCon 2016 keep a tab open on Don’t Feed The Gamers.
If this news has left you wanting more Overwatch tidbits make sure to check out the overview of the game’s most recent addition to the roster Sombra! (Video)
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