Overwatch is ready to affix the ranks of significant eSports, though this can be imagined to be a secret.
Overwatch goes professional, apparently.
The information comes through Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, talking in regards to the influence of eSports throughout a panel on the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit this weekend. Not the same old supply for Overwatch information, however there you could have it.
“What we’re doing is creating professional content. So we’re organizing around teams and leagues. You will have the Overwatch League which will have a certain number of teams. Those teams will be a combination of professional sports teams as owners and endemic sports teams as owners,” he mentioned, in line with a report from The Street.
That makes it sound like Overwatch will get the identical kind of help as, say, League of Legends or DOTA 2, with funded profession gamers on the high of the sport. Kotick even talked about area occasions, which is an enormous a part of the professional eSports scene, and mentioned eSports spectator numbers have risen to 100 million – out-performing the NFL and NBA.
Overwatch does have ranked play (Season 2 is at the moment underway), however as but Blizzard has not made any strong bulletins concerning a professional league. It’s attention-grabbing that Kotick would apparently affirm it earlier than Blizzard did; though the developer has been at pains to be open and communicative with its participant base as the sport evolves, it tends to maintain its playing cards near the chest till they’re virtually able to play, as a result of that is video video games and we appear to have problem understanding that issues change. Certainly Blizzard hasn’t responded to queries from a number of retailers asking for remark.
Activision Blizzard’s eSports ambitions are not secret, after all; the dual writer is technically triplets now that it has launched an eSports vertical. With that in thoughts, it’ll in all probability be some time earlier than something, together with an Overwatch professional league, is able to launch. These issues take time, and we’re ready on EA’s eSports division to bear fruit, too.
Blizzard in all probability wants a couple of extra newbie seasons to complete ironing the kinks out of aggressive Overwatch earlier than issues can kick off. If the third season is as a lot of an enchancment because the second, we’ll have the inspiration of one thing probably fairly particular.