The Overwatch League will be a professional Overwatch eSports league expected to start in 2017. The league was announced during BlizzCon 2016. The regular season last 12 weeks and will end with a playoffs to decide the champions of the Overwatch League.
From August 1 to October 30, there will be an official player signing window during which teams may sign players to contracts. Top players have already been identified through a scouting report. Future seasons will not use this system.
All matches in Season 1 will be played at an arena in Los Angeles while other locations prepare their venues. The total bonuses available for teams in Season 1 will amount to USD $3.5 million, with a minimum USD $1 million awarded to the Season 1 champion.
Each team represents a major city and may have between 6 and 12 players. Every year, each team may host up to five amateur events in their home territory.