The Overwatch League: What You Need to Know

Grizzy Jan 11, 2018

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    The inaugural season of the Overwatch League kicked-off, or more appropriately “shot-off” today at 4pm Pacific Time! But the way the teams and the season works overall is a little complicated, so I wanted to break it down for you guys.


    Here’s what you need to know:


    Teams and Divisions
    • There are 12 teams, which are “permanent franchises representing cities around the globe”
    • The members of each team are players from around the world who were the best of the best during the preseason games which took place December 6-9
    • The 12 teams are split into two divisions of 6: Pacific and Atlantic
    • 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

    The Season
    • It’s about 5 months long: starting today Jan 10 through June 16
    • The season is divided into four stages (5 weeks each), with 10 day breaks between them
    • Three games are played each week (Wed - Sat) at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles
    • The final Saturday of each stage will be a “title match”, which is a mini championship for bragging rights and a cash bonus— it does not affect a team's full season record or postseason seeding

    What Are They Playing For?
    • Teams are competing for the Overwatch League title and lots of money
    • $3.5 million in total prize money is up for grabs on top of the players' salaries:
    • Title Match Bonuses:
      • First place: USD $100,000
        Second place: USD $25,000
        Total: USD $500,000 over four stages
    • Regular Season 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 check out these official Overwatch League links:

    Twitter

    Facebook

    YouTube

    Instagram


    And you can watch it all here: Twitch


     

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