The Overwatch League App and schedule were announced by Blizzard during the Inside the Overwath League panel at Blizzcon this weekend. The regular season begins on January 10, with each of the twelve teams playing two games per week.
Overwatch League will be played four days a week, Thursdays through Sundays. The League will take the form of two divisions, each made up of six teams. This is to allow them to better cater to the various teams’ home timezone. The Atlantic Division will consist of Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, and Philadelphia Fusion. The Pacific Division will consist of Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, and Shanghai Dragons.
Each team will play a total of forty games over the course of a season, twenty within their own division and twenty cross-division games. Teams will compete for playoff spots that will be based on seasonal records. Each season will consist of four stages, five weeks in length, that end with a title match for each stage. Those wishing to attend events will be able to purchase preseason tickets from November 6. The dates for each stage are as follows:
- Stage 1: January 10 – February 10
- Stage 2: February 21 – March 24
- Stage 3: April 4 – May 5
- Stage 4: May 16 – June 16
Overwatch League App
All Overwatch League information will be available on Blizzard’s Overwatch League website, and their upcoming Overwatch League App. There is currently no known release date for the Overwatch League app. The preseason begins on December 6, which is also the date that Overwatch League merchandise will become available.
First season playoffs will begin on July 11 and run until July 22, with the grand final event being held on July 26 to July 28. The first season will be followed by an All-Star weekend to close it out.
Blizzard also announced the prize money structure for the Overwatch League, which includes some rather nice prize money.
Stage title match bonuses
- First place: $100,000
- Second place: $25,000
Regular season placement bonuses
- First place: $300,000
- Second place: $200,000
- Third and fourth place: $150,000
- Fifth and sixth place: $100,000
- Seventh and eighth place: $75,000
- Ninth and 10th place: $50,000
- 11th and 12th place: $25,000
Championship playoffs placement bonuses
- World Champion: $1 million
- Runner-up: $400,000
- Third and fourth place: $100,000
- Fifth and sixth place: $50,000
- Total: $1.7 million
This week’s Overwatch streams from Blizzcon saw over a quarter of a million people watching some of the best players in the world go head to head, and that was just through Twitch. Many more were watching through Blizzard’s own streaming channels as well. The potential for the Overwatch League is obvious and I am excited to see it get started.