Blizzard Speaks About Misinformation Against It’s Pro League

The Overwatch Pro Gaming League is a competitive gaming league run by Blizzard and is scheduled to launch this year. However, according to some reports, the League is running into problems before it has even started. Is this true though?

ESPN had reported today that the League is having a hard time finding teams/franchises to participate, in part because of a huge $20 million buy-in fee. The fee could be even higher for major markets like New York and Los Angeles, the report said.

ESPN went on to say:

“Sources said the price is the sticking point, but the game and league are still desirable to teams. Blizzard said earlier this year that Overwatch League was scheduled to launch in late 2017, but some organizations have expressed doubt whether the league will launch on time, given the current state of the negotiation.”

You can read the full ESPN article here. Blizzard, however, did respond to ESPN’s requests for comment. Blizzard Entertainment, in a clear, yet lengthy statement responded to the reports about the Overwatch Pro Gaming League. The last part is particularly intriguing when they clearly call out ESPN to check with official sources and not attempt half-ass reporting (This statement is my own and not Blizzard’s actual words). The full statement follows below:

“We appreciate that there’s a lot of enthusiasm about the Overwatch League, which has translated into months of speculation–including reports circulating unverified and wildly ranging rumors from anonymous sources about purported deal terms, team pricing, and other details. We understand the interest in the rumors, and we feel it’s important to clarify some things for our community.

“First, we want to be clear that our ultimate goal is to create an exciting Overwatch esports ecosystem, the pinnacle of which will be the Overwatch League, that’s accessible to a wide audience, sustainable, and rewarding for everyone involved. We’re doing our best to take great care with building this ecosystem, and as with much of what we do, we don’t release information until we’re at a place where it makes sense to do so.

“Second, we’d like to dispel any rumors that we’re ignoring endemics. Anyone who knows Blizzard understands how deeply we care about the communities around our games. The league is built upon the best elements of endemic esports programs and traditional sports, and we’re in active discussions with many teams and owners from both worlds because it will take a village to stand up a league with such an unprecedented structure. Those conversations have been going well and there’s a lot of excitement around our ambitious plans.

“Finally, it’s important to think twice about statements from unnamed sources, who may try to leverage the media to deliberately spread misinformation as bargaining tactics or for other competitive reasons. We look forward to officially sharing real details about the league and the ecosystem as a whole as we continue the development process. In the meantime, we are staying focused on our goal of creating an awesome Overwatch esports experience for players, partners, and fans, and we want to thank everyone for their continued support.”


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