Hollywood Hammers is another esports organization that has chosen to drop its roster and part ways with the competitive scene of Overwatch.
The former players of The Chavs were picked up back in May but recently failed to qualify for the Season Zero of Overwatch Contenders. Effective immediately, the players have entered the market as free agents. However, the organization is keeping an open mind about the competitive aspect of Overwatch and may field a new team in the future.
“We also want to emphasize that the Hammers organization intends to keep an interest within competitive Overwatch and we will be closely monitoring OWL’s next developments,” reads a press release. “Stay tuned to our website and social media for the latest news and updates.”
The news about Hollywood Hammers vacating arrives just days after it was officially announced that the Overwatch League would provide an incredibly attractive bundle of minimum benefits.
Players picked up by the Overwatch League will sign a one-year guaranteed contact, which can be extended for an additional year. Each player will start off with an annual sum of $50,000 as the base minimum salary. Their respective teams will be in charge of providing health insurance and a retirement savings plan. In addition, teams must distribute half of the bonuses attained from winning events between the players.
Besides Hollywood Hammers, a number of other professional esports organizations have exited in recent months as well. This includes Evil Geniuses, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Splyce, Team Dignitas, Fnatic, compLexity, and more.