Professional Overwatch League will have city based structure - seven team owners announced

14 July, 2017, 05:31 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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The "Overwatch League" is expected to kick off before the end of the year. "We looked at who could be the best owners and operators of those markets". This money is refunded to teams who are not accepted.

The league also announced it will distribute global revenue from advertising, ticketing and broadcast rights to the teams equally.

"I think anchoring eSports teams in a community will change the way people think about the spectator experience", Activision chief executive Bobby Kotick told AFP. A percentage of revenue more than that threshold will go into a shared revenue pool with 50% of income from league-affiliated fan item sales.

The Overwatch League is set to begin with an abbreviated season this year, and now has seven teams announced including Misfits (Miami-Orlando), NRG Esports (San Francisco), Immortals (Los Angeles), Robert Kraft's Boston team, Sterling Ventures' New York team, Netease's Shanghai team, and Kevin Chou's Seoul team.

Whilst you might expect the decision to try and franchise the Call of Duty scene would be met with resistance, when we polled 1,800 people via our Twitter account, we found the results were nearly even, with 51% voting in favor of no in comparison to the 49% that said yes. "We're excited to be working with leaders from eSports and traditional sports to celebrate our players and to establish the Overwatch League".

This league will be focused on competitive play of Activision's team-based shooter game "Overwatch", and a goal of building professional stars - possibly with big-league payouts. He pointed to opportunities such as Blizzard's Overwatch Contenders Series, the development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals.

Overwatch League bucks the trend of other eSports tournaments because, instead of private teams with names such as Fnatic, Team Dignitas and Evil Genius, Overwatch League plans to root them in physical locations like football teams.

"ESports in its growth has been very grassroots and organic", Nanzer said. The OWL may announce more teams before the kickoff of its first season. In addition, more information on regulations concerning player movement and minimum salaries is in the works. The game is produced by Blizzard Entertainment, which is behind the creation of the new league.

Traditional fantasy sports games have players drafting real players to fake teams.

This would make the Overwatch League the first eSports event that's built like a traditional sports game, Fortune points out. Thankfully, due to the nature of eSports, this won't affect how many people can watch the match. Today, the first seven teams and their owners have been revealed and they are a doozy.

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