Overwatch League Interview
While we hadn’t heard much about the Overwatch league initiative since Blizzcon, but Blizzard’s eSports director Nate Nanzer recently spoke about the company’s plans for this year, which included how the Overwatch league will work. While the original interview was in korean, Reddit user bartlet4us provided a translated version.
Some highlights of the interview was:
Q. Specifically, how will the Overwatch league manifest?
Our ultimate goal is to create a global league just like traditional esports such as football. This is why we came up with a plan to implement a city based team system.
Although Korea is very mature when it comes to esports culture, there aren’t many region based tournaments. This is why we aim for stability in teams through things like regional sponsors. so we are considering things like home stadiums in the future.
Also in overwatch league, there will be no relegations once a team is included in the league. This will allow team owners to participate in the league with stability. As Stability is a key part in establishing the league, we’ll acquire salaries for the players through fair distribution of profits.
Q. What are the realistic profit models to sustain the OW league?
Great contents will be the key. Overwatch esports team is under the Overwatch development team because we believe that in order to establish a successful esports, we need a lot of supports and changes from within the game itself. This is why when the OW league starts, we will add systems that will support viewing esports matches, check player’s profile or view additional video contents.
And it is through those quality contents that we will host regional and global sponsors, and share the profits from ticket sales, broadcasting rights, and merchandise sales with the teams.
I’d like to take this opportunity to state that the OW league is not simply a part of marketing strategy. We are pursuing it with strong will and with the goal of establishing esports ecosystem that rivals traditional sports. Blizzard will continuously invest in this challenge. Overwatch has 20 million paying players within 8 months of release and we believe it has sufficient potential.
Q. Is there a reason tracer is the logo for the OW league?
We’ve put in a lot of considerations for the logo as well. Tracer is one of hallmark characters in OW so we thought people would be able to tell it is an OW league without reading the text. This is why her post is very athletic, to give the feeling of sports.
Q. What are the specific schedules for the OW league in the future?
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 regulare seasons with consistant 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 OW league will not be blizzcon and it will be held in a new city every year.
Q. How will the team owners be decided?
We welcome anyone who is willing to invest in the OW league and keep the team in the long term. Of course, they are required to have necessary capital or plans to form a team. Due to privacies of each organization or company, we can’t disclose the qualifications.
If the owner is selected through collaboration with the OW league, he or she can participate in the OW league permanently. We will return with more information in the near future.
It looks like Blizzard has everything planned out as the Overwatch league comes to fruition. With such a large playerbase and competitive scene, it’s more then likely that the league will bring a new way to see Esports, as it becomes more legitimate as a past-time.
For more details on the interview, check out the full transcript here! Keep in mind this is not an official translation.
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