In recent times, the Overwatch League has been facing significant challenges, and its survival hangs in the balance.
According to a disclosed financial report for this quarter, the league is offering teams a $6 million termination fee if they choose to exit following a vote on upcoming amended terms after this season.
Additionally, the situation has been compounded by Activision Blizzard’s announcement of layoffs within its esports staff, raising further concerns about the league’s stability.
While no specific date for a decision has been announced, it is clear that the team owners will soon vote on the league’s future, which presents two options: continuing under a new operating agreement or walking away and receiving the $6 million fee at the end of the current season.
The Overwatch League, launched in 2017, was Blizzard’s ambitious attempt to establish a traditional sports model within the esports landscape, featuring franchise teams.
Despite the initial grand aspirations and considerable financial investments, the league has struggled to maintain the momentum it had at launch, failing to surpass its initial viewership figures over the years.
As the Overwatch League grapples with these critical issues, the esports community and fans remain anxious about what lies ahead for the once-promising venture.