A Blizzard is Coming

Blizzard’s Overwatch League to change the future of e-sports forever

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Donovan Brooks, Staff Writer

On November 4, 2016, Blizzard announced that they will be working to create the first organized E-sports league, centering around their most recent game, the massively successful Overwatch. Blizzard claims that once the Overwatch League goes live in 2017, “esports will change forever”.

The Overwatch League appears very promising to gamers for several reasons. For one thing, Blizzard is famous for being one of the most organized and efficient companies in the gaming industry, so they are the best candidate for undertaking a task such as this. Additionally, Overwatch was designed around the idea of diversity, with its incredibly multifarious cast of characters. The game appeals to audiences from nearly every region and every major country; this makes it perfect for Blizzard’s plan to have a team in the League from every major city around the entire world.

People were initially skeptical of the announcement: we had been given similar promises before that were not delivered on, such as when Valve promised a competitive league for Team Fortress 2. However, Blizzard has recently added a slew of job opportunities on their careers website, including “Community Manager”, “Head of Global External Events”, and “Senior Project Manager, League Operations”, to name a few. This has given people hope that Blizzard will, indeed, go through with this.

OverwatchLeague.com includes a checklist that Blizzard has created for the launch of the League. The first item has already been checked off —the announcement. The next item is the preseason; the pro players from around the world are to assemble in a talent pool, to then be signed contracts by teams. From there, Blizzard plans to have an organized inaugural season in which the teams will compete for “undisputed supremacy”.

With the recent end of Overwatch Competitive Season 2 on November 23, Blizzard is expected to start preparing for its Preseason. Season 3, starting tomorrow, should be used by Blizzard to scout out pro-level players. In any case, Blizzard may begin signing players soon, to be ready for their Inaugural Season in early 2017.

According to Blizzard, in the Overwatch League, “Teams will have stability, players will have careers, and fans will have a new set of heroes to take them into the future of Overwatch.” If they deliver on this promise, the Overwatch League could spell a bright future for the gaming community. Perhaps in the near future, we’ll be able to tune in to ESPN and watch footage of Overwatch, or another game for that matter.