In a letter released Tuesday, Nanzer wrote to say Overwatch League would begin compiling a report about the top players in the world that every owner of an Overwatch League team would receive.
An email survey was sent to select players around the world who can opt to be included in the report. The report will be open to players who meet the following criteria:
- A top-500 finish in Competitive Play (based on Skill Rating) in Overwatch Seasons 3 or 4 for any region
- A playoff finish in recent high-caliber tournaments such as APEX Season 2 or Premier Series 2017 Spring, or an invitation to Pacific Championship 2017 Season 1
- Other distinguishing qualifications indicative of top-tier talent, including but not limited to membership on an established professional Overwatch team
All players must have accounts in good standing with Blizzard (which could exclude Daniel “Dafran” Francesca, who was recently banned from Overwatch Contenders) and meet legal age requirements to be considered for the report. The survey also asked players if they would like to participate in Overwatch League, and if they are, they’ll be asked about their experiences in separate answers that will be seen by Overwatch League owners. There is no guarantee any of this will result in a player ending up in Overwatch League.
The announcement was a dud for those expecting details such as teams, cities or a timeline for the beginning of Overwatch League, but it sets the groundwork for the scouting combine that Blizzard mentioned upon the initial announcement of Overwatch League last year.
Details have been sparse about Overwatch League since its announcement at last year’s BlizzCon. Blizzard announced Overwatch Contenders and the Overwatch Open Division as rungs below Overwatch League, but tangible details about the league itself have been few and far between. The league has a reported price tag as high as $20 million for a franchise, and endemic esports figures seem skeptical of Blizzard’s intentions with the league (two reports Blizzard replied to with a confusing statement).
Professional Overwatch teams such as Splyce, Red Reserve, compLexity, Rise Nation and Ninjas in Pyjamas (among others) have released their professional teams amid the uncertainty regarding Overwatch League’s and the lack of details about it.
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