Yesterday evening, Blizzard released new information regarding the Overwatch League, including player signings, salaries and rules of conduct.
There’s a lot to take in, so we’ve broken down each announcement into easy to read sections below. You can find the full report over on the official Overwatch League page.
- Following a player scouting report that compiled top performers, the Overwatch League is opening an official player signing window for Season 1.
- The signing window runs from 1st August 2017 to 30th October 2017.
- This window allows officially announced teams to sign players and form teams.
- Players must be signed to one-year contracts, and these can be extended by an additional year.
- Contracts will guarantee players at least $50,000 in salary, including health insurance and a retirement savings plan.
- Players must also receive 50% of the team’s performance-based income. This means any winnings from the first season’s $3.5 million prize pool.
Rules of Conduct
- Each team roster must have at least six players and no more than 12 in total.
- There is no region locking in terms of the place of birth or home country of any player.
- Teams will provide player housing and practice facilities during the season, which will meet professional standards set by the Overwatch League.
The Overwatch League currently doesn't have a start date, although Blizzard is aiming to get it up and running by the end of this year. At the moment there are seven city based teams and we expect this number to climb as the year progresses.
Our Overwatch League guide contains everything you need to know, so make sure you check it out for all the details surrounding Blizzard's big eSports push.