The Overwatch League is Blizzard’s try at turning its team-based shooter into the e-sports equal of the EPL or IPL. Announced at BlizzCon 2016, there’s been little stated since. That is, till now. At BlizzCon 2017, Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer took to the stage to clarify what’s subsequent in a panel known as ‘Inside the Overwatch League’, particularly when the league begins, its schedule, groups, bonuses, and much more. This is what you want to know.
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Overwatch League divisions and groups
There are 12 groups within the Overwatch League grouped into two divisions holding dwelling viewers time zones in thoughts.
The Atlantic Division
- Boston Uprising
- Florida Mayhem
- Houston Outlaws
- London Spitfire
- New York Excelsior
- Philadelphia Fusion
The Pacific Division
- Dallas Fuel
- Los Angeles Gladiators
- Los Angeles Valiant
- San Francisco Shock
- Seoul Dynasty
- Shanghai Dragons
Overwatch League – the way it works
According to Blizzard, every staff performs 40 video games by way of the season – 20 in its division and 20 cross-division. During the season, a staff’s observe report determines its eligibility for the play-offs. Seasonal play is damaged into 4 phases with every stage lasting 5 weeks ending in a title match to crown a stage winner. Each stage has a map pool of eight maps and a schedule that enables for breaks and resets on the finish of 5 weeks.
- Three matches shall be performed every day from Wednesday-Saturday each week.
- All matches will include four-map units.
- The map pool for the complete season shall be introduced earlier than the season begins.
Overwatch League stage dates
- Stage 1: January 10—February 10
- Stage 2: February 21—March 24
- Stage three: April four—May 5
- Stage four: May 16—June 16
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Overwatch League title matches defined
The closing Saturday of every stage will characteristic two title matches, the place the highest three groups by standings throughout that stage could have a seeded playoff for $125,000 (shut to Rs. 80 lacs) in whole efficiency bonuses. Teams who’re out of postseason rivalry can nonetheless win vital prizes and bragging rights because the stage winner. While groups’ wins and losses through the stage have an effect on their full-season report and postseason seeding, the title matches on the finish of a stage don’t depend for this. Teams will even earn efficiency bonuses on the finish of the common season primarily based on standings and full-season report.
Finally, Blizzard revealed that the entire quantity of efficiency bonuses up for grabs within the inaugural season is USD $three.5 million (roughly Rs. 22.6 crore) with gamers to obtain at the least 50 p.c of those bonuses on high of their wage.
It shall be attention-grabbing to see how the Overwatch League’s first season pans out. Considering that gamers from 17 nations are collaborating, it appears to be one of many extra inclusive e-sports efforts in current time.
Disclosure: Blizzard sponsored the correspondent’s flights and lodge for BlizzCon 2017.
Adapted From: Gadgets360