Robert Kraft is bringing an esports team to Boston
Robert Kraft is bringing an esports team to Boston
Blizzard — Overwatch League
14 July, 2017, 11:23
However, the Overwatch League also features licenses for teams to run five amateur events in their geolocated home cities - perhaps the biggest difference between the leagues.
On a business scale, Overwatch League plans to share revenue generated from league-wide advertising, ticketing and broadcasting rights - along with all locally generated revenue - with the participating teams. Nanzer said he could not comment on buy-in prices at this time. The "Overwatch League" is expected to kick off before the end of the year.
"Wagering is not something that we're considering", he said, talking about betting on which team will win on which day.
Overwatch is doing great things for eSports, and with the Overwatch League, it helps to legitimize the competitive form to millions.
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Overwatch developer Activision Blizzard has launched Overwatch League, the first eSports competition with locally based professional Overwatch teams.
Data shows that eSports fans watch and compete in growing numbers, bringing passion akin to that seen in traditional sports which have started to see audiences skew older, according to Kotick. He pointed to opportunities such as Blizzard's Overwatch Contenders Series, the development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals.
If history is any indication, Kraft is set to cash in on his latest venture: An eSports franchise in the soon-to-be-announced Overwatch League.
"ESports in its growth has been very grassroots and organic", Nanzer said. For another, there are more teams to be announced on the horizon. "I think something that's important to keep in mind is we're not setting out to build this league for next year or the year after". In addition, more information on regulations concerning player movement and minimum salaries is in the works. Fans and players are now not only playing the game and watching its esports matches, but investing time in drafting and managing fantasy teams, too. Additionally, these matches will take place each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. "We're building this league for fans - esports fans, traditional sports fans, gaming fans - and we're thrilled to have individuals and organizations who are as passionate about professional competition as we are, and who have extensive experience in all three fields, representing our first major worldwide cities in the league". Meanwhile, Overwatch has around 14.6 million monthly active users, and around $29 million in monthly revenue - only a fraction of what League of Legends does.
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