Thursday, July 27, 2017

Overwatch League Details Emerge

If you are looking to boost your Overwatch skills, you better make it quick. Gamers are going to be lining up to apply for Activision/Blizzard's new eSports league. Simply called the 'Overwatch League,' those who are accepted will get a working salary and benefits! The company announced the League several weeks ago, but recently provided more details on what gamers can expect.

The lowest paid position, depending on your skills, ranking, and contributions to your team, will be at $50,000. The most recent national average for personal income (wages, investment interest, tips) was $30,240 in 2015. That is one heck of salary!

As for benefits, it includes health insurance, retirement savings plans, and teams will distribute 50% performance bonuses (money won in tournaments) to their players directly. Teams that sign will get a guaranteed 1-year contract, with the option to renew yearly depending upon performance. On that note, yes. You need to have a team to apply.

Activision/Blizzard have confirmed that Overwatch League Season 1 bonuses will amount to over $3.5 million, with a minimum of $1 million to the champions.

Dudes. I got into the wrong business. Clearly we should all be playing video games with that kind of potential profit!

But wait, there's more! There's no region locking for teams: i.e. you don't have to be born in the US to apply. And Activision/Blizzard is developing standards for housing and health for all players.

Applications will begin August 1 through October 30, for those who are interested. Keep an eye out on Blizzard's social media channels to jump in.

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