Blizzard is putting its foot down when it comes to how Overwatch league players are being treated by their teams. According to the game developer, every team competing in the league should provide their players with a $50K salary, health insurance, and other benefits some professional gamers only dream about.
Whomever Said Gaming Is Not Profitable?
Season 1 of the Overwatch League will kick off August 1st and will end on October 30, 2017. At the moment, there are seven official teams competing for the title, each one representing a major city. The best players in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Miami-Orlando, New York, Shanghai, and Seoul will be soon accompanied by representatives of other cities from around the Overwatch-playing world.
Luckily for all Overwatch aficionados, teams are not obligated to hire locally, so a Croatian player could easily get the job and join the San Francisco team. The only obligatory requirement is that players must be as good as they come. Better, even.
Despite having the opportunity to compete against the best of the best in the first league of its kind, all team members will receive, according to Blizzard, an impressive benefits package which rivals plenty of standard, nerve-wrenching, soul-crushing 9 to 5 jobs.
Blizzard officially announced that the lucky few who were (and will be) selected for a career in the Overwatch League will benefit from:
- A one-year contract.
- A minimum of $50,000 per year.
- Health insurance.
- A sturdy retirement savings plan.
- A share of the team performance bonuses (which refers to all money generated by playoff victories or other such events.
- Housing, which includes practice facilities that are in line with Overwatch League standards and regulations.
A total of $3.5 million of bonuses will be rewarded to players throughout the entire season. The lucky winner, alone, will receive, apart from his contractual benefits, a bonus of $1 million.
Is It Worth It?
Blizzard is aiming to turn Overwatch League into a mass product. However, until now, there have been some serious hiccups along the road, problems which cannot be ignored by seasoned gamers who experienced the ups and downs of online gaming. Especially with rapidly burning sensations like Overwatch. For now, we shall wait and see what the first season will bring us.
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