Report: Overwatch League Rulebook Leaked, Strict “No Fortnite” Talk Among Strange Conditions
The Overwatch League has been on the rise as of late, giving players an opportunity to cheer on their favorite teams, see some high-level gameplay, and just enjoy the spectacle that is esports. That being said, the league has not been without its hiccups. Most recently, Dallas Fuel member Felix “xQc” Lengyel was suspended for breaching the league’s code of conduct after making some unacceptable comments. However, not many know exactly what is outlined in the Overwatch League rulebook.
Thankfully, esports journalist Richard Lewis recently leaked the official Overwatch League rulebook. In it, we can see that a good portion is fairly common stuff. No discrimination against others for race, gender, gender identity, etc.; no endorsements of tobacco, cannabis, gambling, pornography, alcohol, firearms, political candidate, or any illegal activity, and other pretty standard restrictions. Then again, there are other restricted actions that are seen in the Overwatch League rulebook that are a bit odd. You can see some of them listed below:
- Not being able to stream with more than one other player from the league (as doing so would constitute, under the contract, playing as part of a “team”) without the approval of the league.
- Playing only in a game’s standard modes (no hopping into custom game servers or using cheats). This also applies to non-Activision Blizzard games.
- Not being able to use a name that references any Activision Blizzard character while playing non-Activision Blizzard games.
- Not being able to participate in any kind of organized competitive play for any game.
- Using only the most up-to-date version of any game they’re playing.
- Not being able to “directly or indirectly endorse the playing or purchase of any non-Activision Blizzard game in any manner.”
- Not being able to criticize any Activision Blizzard games or question the legitimacy of the Overwatch League or any of its matches.
Even though the rulebook looks pretty legit, as it goes with anything released in this manner, a healthy dose of salt should be consumed alongside it. Lewis was also kind enough to point out that the streaming restriction has been changed a bit to accommodate feedback from players.
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What say you, gamers? Do you think some of the restrictions outlined in the official Overwatch League rulebook are a bit ridiculous? Have you been following along with Blizzard’s popular FPS? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.