BlizzCon 2016: The Overwatch League will include player salaries and regular events
Get ready for a lot more competitive Overwatch! The Overwatch League was announced and it looks like a pretty crazy ecosystem for professional Overwatch players. The league is focused on creating long-term stability for players, just like how traditional sports do.
Starting next year, the Overwatch League will start at a combine for invited players to try out for teams through a obstacle course of tests. Those that are picked for teams will be guaranteed a contract with a minimum salary and benefits.
The league will represent major cities across the world (watch how there is nothing on the whole African continent in the below video) and regular events means more people will be interested in watching and it will create a baseline that other competitive leagues will have to try emulate. A contract and a salary, instead of playing for winnings or vying for sponsorships will change the pressures on the teams, allowing them to spend more time focusing on the game itself.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Megarom and Blizzard Entertainment for a Virtual Ticket for coverage of BlizzCon 2016.