Rise Nation became the latest team to drop its Overwatch roster amid the uncertainty surrounding Overwatch League.
The organization, which also fields rosters in Call of Duty, Counter Strike and Street Fighter V, announced Thursday it will release its Overwatch players
“As it stands today, we do not have any plans on creating a new roster and thus will be taking a leave of absence from the Overwatch scene,” the organization said in a statement. “We would like to thank Activision, Blizzard, and the entire Overwatch community for their support and hospitality throughout our tenure. Although we are leaving, for now, we would welcome the opportunity to return to the scene at a future time.”
Rise Nation joins the likes of Splyce, compLexity, Red Reserve, Denial and Team SoloMid among the ranks of teams who have released their roster or stopped trying to field one. The uncertainty surrounding Overwatch League, including the reported $20 million entry fee and fears endemics will not be included among the plans, has led multiple teams to question staying in the game. There has also been a dearth of LANs, which makes paying for a team that doesn’t play any tournaments a pointless venture to some organizations.
There are still few-to-no details about Overwatch League, originally set launch in the second half of this year. Blizzard did announce a development league named Overwatch Contenders, which is an open invitation for any teams to play in a division below Overwatch League.