ATL Academy drops out of the 2020 Overwatch Contenders season
No reason was given for the team’s sudden departure
This year’s Overwatch Contenders season now has one less team in its lineup as the Atlanta Academy has withdrawn from competition and announced a recess. This team is the same one for the Atlanta Reign, which has had several renowned players as part of its roster, even Overwatch League player Blake “Gator” Scott. Reasons for the decision were not given, although it wouldn’t be farfetched to think that it is somehow related to the COVID-19 crisis. This an online-only tournament; however, with the coronavirus is shaking the entire world, eSports organizations are impacted as investors are more hesitant to put in any money.
“ATL Academy is deciding on opting out of Overwatch Contenders this season and has decided to go on hiatus until further notice. Thank you for supporting this decision,” said the team through its Twitter account. As per this league, Contenders is a tier-two Overwatch series that mostly involves regional tournaments, something that could be compared to the minor leagues in a traditional sport. The website for this league describes the season as including “Contenders Trials and Contenders single-elimination tournaments, and a Seasonal Playoff. This league is both to entertain viewers, as well as to give professional players the opportunity to earn a spot on the Overwatch major league.”
Since no more information was shared by the team, it is yet unclear if the players on the roster will have the option to sign up with another team, or if they will be forced to sit out and wait for the Academy to decide otherwise.