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. Players must be at least 18 years old to participate in the league.
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.
The preseason begins on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles with a series of exhibition matches. The inaugural season proper kicks off on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and will continue into June, followed by championship playoffs and finals in July.
- Players with their names in italics are ineligible to compete until they are 18 years of age.
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.
Players will be able to support their favorite teams with a number of in-game items.