Overwatch League Details
With all 12 international teams announced for Overwatch’s inaugral competive e-sport league, it’s time we went into detail about how the Overwatch League will function.
After a brief pre-season in which the teams will play several exhibition matches, the regular season begins on January 10, 2018.
The season is divided into four stages of five weeks each, with about a 10-day break before a new stage begins. During every week of a stage, official matches will be played on Wednesdays through Saturdays at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.
- Stage 1: January 10—February 10
- Stage 2: February 21—March 24
- Stage 3: April 4—May 5
- Stage 4: May 16—June 16
The final saturday of each step will feature two title matches, with the top three teams going into playoffs and stage victory. It’s worth remembering however that these title matches do not affect team season ratings or post-season seeding. Teams can also earn bonuses at the end of the season depending on how they played.
Divisions and Match Play
As with most international sports leagues, the Overwatch League is divided into geographical groups. these two divisions are the Pacific Division and the Atlantic Division.
- Pacific Division: Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons
- Atlantic Division: Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion
During the regular season, each team will play 40 games: 20 within its division and 20 cross-division. These divisions come into play for postseason seeding, as the top team in each division at the end of the regular season qualifies for the postseason and gets a pass to the championships at the end of the season. In addition, although all matches will take place at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, there will still be a “home” and “away” team for every match.
As previously mentioned, the Overwatch League offers multiple cash bonuses, meaning that a team can actually stay afloat by placing decently enough, without pushing themselves to the breaking point for first.
Stage Title Match bonuses:
- First place: USD $100,000
- Second place: USD $25,000
- Total: USD $500,000 over four stages
Regular Season placement bonuses:
- First place: USD $300,000
- Second place: USD $200,000
- Third and fourth place: USD $150,000
- Fifth and sixth place: USD $100,000
- Seventh and eighth place: USD $75,000
- Ninth and tenth place: USD $50,000
- Eleventh and twelfth place: USD $25,000
- Total: USD $1.3 million
Championship playoffs placement bonuses:
- World Champion: USD $1 million
- Runner-up: USD $400,000
- Third and fourth place: USD $100,000
- Fifth and sixth place: USD $50,000
- Total: USD $1.7 million
For more information about the Overwatch League, check out the official announcement HERE!
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