Blizzard appear to be offering Overwatch players a better chance of making it to the big time. To drop everything and become an Overwatch pro is certainly a tempting proposition, but it isn’t necessarily the easiest mountain to climb. This is something Blizzard hope to be able to fix, by expanding the development league, Overwatch Contenders.
This will see the development league covering all around the world, whilst the existing regional teams in China, South Korea and Asia-Pacific will become Contenders leagues, which will now also be featured in both Australia and South America. With this platform, you’ll hopefully have the chance to not only prove yourself, but also attract Overwatch League scouts in the process.
Meanwhile, the Open Division, which is made for solo queue players, will be offering you a better chance of making it big. Once a Contenders season ends, the top four Open Season teams are given a region to compete in for the Contenders Trials, which gets underway in February. This could potentially guarantee a spot for the following season, meaning that you can catch the eye of scouts without necessarily investing in a team.
It’s pretty clear to see why Blizzard would choose to adopt this method. By offering players a more direct path to their paid competitive scene, it might persuade Overwatch players to avoid third-party leagues and stick to theirs. Not only that, but it also gives a chance to those who may not have had the opportunity to delve into eSports before.