Blizzards and PlayVS team up to launch high school eSports league
The new Overwatch League organization continues an eSports expansion across US high schools
eSports is an activity that attracts more and more teenagers as time passes. For some high schoolers, it constitutes a great opportunity to play at a professional level and develop their careers from an early age. That’s why eSports organizations are turning to educational institutions to bring eSports leagues just as any other traditional sports would do, so those talented players can have a chance to be seen.
In a new partnership between Blizzard and the team PlayVS, a new Overwatch League (OWL) is coming to high schools to start building pro skill levels from young ages.
The beginning of this league is scheduled for this coming fall, even if most recent events of the OWL have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Actually, Blizzard has been working along PlayVS, an organization that helps set up eSports leagues for both high schools and college teams, to add Overwatch to the list of games PlayVS helps setting up. This organization already works with huge eSports leagues like League of Legends, as well as games that appeal more to younger audiences like Fortnite.
The format of this league – set to start on October 15 – is going to allow each institution to have unlimited teams signing up; however, each team can have up to six members. Each roster will face weekly competitions to be played every Wednesday and, from there, the league will take the top teams to a regional championship that will close the season. To help develop the best talent in young students, pro eSports players can register as coaches, so they can be a guide for these teenagers and help them with things like selecting the best character metas in the game, as well as figuring out the most successful team’s composition that can have great results for the team.