The community can finally start marking its calendars for the highly anticipated Overwatch League, which begins its inaugural season on January 10.
While hosting a panel at BizzCon 2017, commissioner Nate Nanzer noted that the finalized scheduled has been designed to cater the international audience and not just a specific region for maximum engagement.
The Overwatch League will host its competitive matches from Thursday to Sunday every week, during which each of the twelve participating teams will get to play twice. Each team will play forty games in total during the first season, twenty of which will be within their own divisions, and the remaining twenty in cross-overs. The season will feature four stages, each spanning five weeks and ending in a title match.
Most interestingly, all the teams will be grouped into two divisions that follow the time zones for the home sides. The “Atlantic Division” includes Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, and Philadelphia Fusion. The “Pacific Division” features Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, and Shanghai Dragons.
In addition to salaries, the players have an attractive prize pool to play for. Here is how Blizzard will be splitting the pot between the participating teams.
Stage title match bonuses
- First place: $100,000
- Second place: $25,000
Regular season placement bonuses
- First place: $300,000
- Second place: $200,000
- Third and fourth place: $150,000
- Fifth and sixth place: $100,000
- Seventh and eighth place: $75,000
- Ninth and 10th place: $50,000
- 11th and 12th place: $25,000
Championship playoffs placement bonuses
- World Champion: $1 million
- Runner-up: $400,000
- Third and fourth place: $100,000
- Fifth and sixth place: $50,000
- Total: $1.7 million
All the scheduling information for the Overwatch League can be accessed at any time from the official website and an upcoming mobile application. Tickets for the pre-season next month will go on sale tomorrow, and relating merchandise will become available from December 6. Tickets for the first season will go on sale somewhere within the same month as well.