A few weeks ago Blizzard revealed the first seven cities
that were joining the upcoming Overwatch League - which is still on track to commence later this year. Basically, it's an esports endeavor that is aiming to follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest sporting leagues in the world like the NBA and NFL. And now, we've got new juicy details about players, salaries, and team structure.
Including the revelation that all 30 million Overwatch players are considered Free Agents in respect to the Overwatch League. In that teams can recruit new players from the entire Overwatch player base. A cool sentiment, if not exactly true. Because, well, there's no way coach is gonna pick me. So I'll keep biding my time reading science and match books to one day conquer the financial markets. And then buy the team.
What we do know though is that Blizzard and the Overwatch League are putting together detailed scouting reports
for teams based on things like performance during Seasons 3 and 4 of Competitive Play and other tournaments.
In true sporting league fashion an official player signing window for the Overwatch League will run from August 1 to October 30, with the following details provided about a standard Overwatch League Player Agreement:
Teams will sign players to one-year guaranteed contracts with the option to extend the contract for an additional year.
The minimum salary for players is USD $50,000 per year.
Teams will provide players with health insurance and a retirement savings plan.
Teams will distribute at least 50% of their team performance bonuses (i.e. money from winning playoffs and other League events) to their players directly.
A minimum USD $1 million is expected to be awarded to the Overwatch League inaugural season champion. And in terms of the teams themselves, numbers will sit between 6 to 12 players with no region locking. That means players will be able to join a team from any corner of the globe. Also the teams will provide player housing and practice facilities for the duration of the season.
This is all starting to come together, and we're excited to see those first few Overwatch League matches.