In an interview held in Korea with Overwatch’s eSports global director, Nate Nanzer, it was revealed that the Overwatch League that was announced at BlizzCon last year will commence in Q3 2017. Touted as a real sports league with teams, players, salary caps, seasons, and finals, the Overwatch League will start off more compact before expanding in 2018.
The interview, which was translated over at Reddit, had the following bit of info from Nate Nanzer.
"We'll start the 2017 season within Q3. During this period, there will be a lot of acquiring players and forming new teams, so the league will be a compact form. However, from 2018, we will be able to provide regular seasons with consistent schedule.
At the start, it will be held in major stadiums in some regions and, with enough teams and infrastructure, you will be able to enjoy OW league being played in home stadiums. Also, the final match of the Overwatch league will not be BlizzCon - it will be held in a new city every year.
In addition to the Overwatch League, several esports will be made to the game to make it easier to follow.