Awesome news for all you Overwatch players who have either already gone pro or are maybe thinking about it. Overwatch Contenders League
Remember how there’s an official Overwatch league pro teams can play in, well now there’s an Overwatch Contenders league which allows anyone who wants to play pro do so, and at no loss to your wallet. And it’s not like it’s non-profitable either, season zero of the league will pay out $50,000 to the winners, and season one will pay $100,000. So if you have a rag-tag team of Overwatch players, you might just want in on this.
The official Overwatch Contenders League would be a great thing to be a part of, if it weren’t for the fact that getting a piece of the action would cost about 20 million dollars, for reference, that’s about 10 times the amount that League of Legends asks for. The reasoning behind that paywall mostly has something to do with the ever-growing fanbase of e-sports, with conventional sports featured on TV slowly declining, Blizzard considers this sort of a good deal when you look at the numbers. In fact, the number of people who watch e-sports almost doubled over the past couple years with 25.7 million in 2015 and 45 million in 2016. Something tells me that the number’s going to go even higher this year.
Especially with the new Overwatch Contenders League which completely removes the paywall which was driving a lot of teams away and thus diminishing Overwatch’s e-sport scene. This will be really good for everyone involved as this will not only let pro teams do their own thing, but it will encourage amateur players to form teams and try their hand at the pro scene. That’s kind of the glory behind e-sports, how a kid with a keyboard and mouse can go from sitting in his mom’s basement to sweating on a stage with hundreds of people screaming at him. It’s the American dream, really.
But with any American dream comes the American reality which kicks you in the nuts and pins a note to them kindly reminding you how selective the process really is. I mean, you have to put basically your entire life from the time that the game releases to even have a chance at competing with the higher level players. That’s why there’s always complaints on how the competitive mode in Overwatch works because people want to see if they’re good, know if they’re good, and sometimes just think they’re good. Everybody wants to be the best, but the paradox about it all is that once everybody’s good at the game, nobody is. That, of course, leads to a higher bar for competitive which leads to a higher learning curve in-game. Of course, in a game where that curve is completely static, everybody eventually hits the wall of skill and the game becomes boring and a reaction competition (*cough* Call of Duty *cough).
There was a time when I played competitive first person shooters all day every day because I held the shallow hope that perhaps someday I would get good and be noticed, but honestly the chances of that happening are slim, and you pretty much have to give up whatever else you’re doing in your life to make sure you know the game inside and out on every level. Considering school, work, and this, I don’t have even close to the amount of time necessary for that evil.
Are you a pro Overwatch player? Do you want to be one? Will you enter this new league for a chance to win it all?
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