If there’s a competitive mode, you'll find Korean players at the top of the charts. But the reasons have less to do with esports and more to do with culture and class.
To Ben Spoont, co-founder and owner of the Misfits Gaming esports organization, everybody eventually has an “aha” moment when they understand the passion around esports.For him, it came when he went to an Overwatch match in person and felt the roar of the crowd in an arena.Spoont’s Miami-based esports organization owns multiple teams, including the Florida Mayhem team in the Overwatch League, as well as Misfits Gaming teams that compete in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, NBA 2K, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Super Smash Bros.Spoont cofounded the Misfits in 2016 with Syfy Channel founders Laurie Silvers and Mitch Rubenstein.Was there a moment for you when it came together and you decided this was going to be worth it?It was on TV, which, two years ago, was something new.
On January 10, the Overwatch League will begin its inaugural season, bringing professional esports to several major cities around the world and pitting the best players in Blizzard’s popular hero shooter against each other in a multi-stage competition.Unlike the structure of other esports leagues, the Overwatch League’s 12 teams each represent particular regions, giving fans a chance to root for their hometown favorite as they would in traditional sports, and it’s set to be among the most high-profile esports leagues in existence.Here is everything you need to know about Overwatch League.At the conclusion of each five-week stage of the regular season, title matches will take place between the top four teams with a prize pool of $125,000.Thus far, most team rosters have at least a few substitute players available, though Florida Mayhem only features six.Though the impact that The Overwatch League will have on competitive Overwatch overall remains to be seen, it could pave the way for more international focus on esports as a whole, where South Korean players dominate the current landscape.