If you are a fan of the Blizzard game Overwatch, then be prepared to put your skills to the test. An exciting new direction for eSports has been announced during the two day long Blizzcon that is taking place in Anaheim CA.
President of the company Mike Morhaime has detailed the upcoming Overwatch League. A revolutionary idea that could promise to bring eSports to a much wider fan-base, and players around the world.
Starting from early next year there will be an open combine section for top players to showcase their abilities to prospective teams. This will allow sponsors and owners a chance to see the talent that is out there competing. Following that stage, there will be a draft system where successful players are signed up to teams based around the world, with certain cities as their home base.
This idea, as well as the fact players will receive a contract and a salary from the team, is what makes the Overwatch League so special. In other eSports, players are only usually guaranteed a livelihood from winning. Contracts and salaries, like in regular sports, will mean they are assured of an income. Having the teams based in their own unique locations will also allow fans to root for their local side, rivalry’s to develop, and also give you the opportunity to try out for your local team in the yearly combines.
The league format will consist of a regular season, where teams will compete via LAN, and then moving to a playoff structure once the regular season is complete. Excitement will no doubt build to a crescendo during the playoffs, and Blizzard will be hoping that this could spell the start of eSports growing in to the mainstream of public consciousness.
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