After almost a year of turbulent times, Overwatch League has finally got the starting date and it will be starting in January 2018. In general, that period was not good for Overwatch League, Overwatch, and Blizzard in general. Due to the lack of transparency and many other controversies, many big eSports organizations from all parts of the world have decided to end their Overwatch efforts. One after another, big Overwatch teams dropped their rosters due to the lack of competition and uncertainty about the future of Overwatch.
However, several months ago, Blizzard announced the names of people and organizations who bought the spots in the League. That marked the beginning of the campaign in which Blizzard announced the starting date and other details about the league. In order for teams to compete in this competition, their players will have to sign new contracts and until yesterday, there has not been any team that announced any details for the Overwatch League.
Breaking the Ice
The Shanghai Dragons are the team that will be representing Shanghai in this competition. Even though the issue of which players will be playing for this team is still unresolved, Overwatch commissioner has revealed the name and the logo of the first team in the League. After more than a year of waiting, we are finally getting closer to the start of the league.
Even though the revelation of the name and the logo of only one team might not seem like big news for some people, considering that for many months we did not have any information about the competition, this is still a huge step forward. There is still a lot to be revealed about the competition, and Blizzard has said that they will be revealing more information very soon. However, that did not prevent many people from criticizing them.
Criticism once Again
It seems that Overwatch and Blizzard are just not able to avoid criticism in any stage of the pre-League process. Many had a lot to say about the fact that Blizzard decided to reveal only the name and the logo of the first team because that information is less relevant and there are more important issues that need to be addressed.
Overwatch League already had its lows ever since Overwatch commissioner announced the competition back in 2016. Since then, Blizzard was unable to make the right move that could awaken bigger interest among the player for this game. However, the biggest criticism of Blizzard and Overwatch League came because of the huge price that was set for the spot in the competition.
It was reported that the price of that spot is $20 million and it was clear right away that huge number of eSports organizations will not even consider joining the competition. Because of that, some of the world’s best Overwatch teams do not exist anymore as their organizations decided that there is no point in hosting a team that will not be bringing income for the organization. The upcoming period might be crucial for Overwatch League and because of that every Blizzard move will be under great scrutiny by the eSports public.