Overwatch teases Doomfist, lays out ambitious plans for e-sports league
Try not to act too surprised when Overwatch eventually announces Doomfist, as the studio isn’t exactly being subtle in its leadup to the team shooter’s next playable character. To wit, Overwatch posted a fake news report concerning an attack on the Talon organization by Mr. Fist. It turns out his ultimate goal was to secure his namesake’s weapon.
Apart from Doomfist, Blizzard is putting a lot of effort in getting its upcoming Overwatch League off of the ground, which it calls the “most ambitious effort” in e-sports history. A GamesIndustry report covers the multiple approaches that the studio is taking for this effort, including securing advertisers, grooming local fan bases, and attracting serious teams.
“The ambition of this league is bigger than anything I’ve seen since I’ve been in e-sports, and I’ve been around since almost day one,” MLG founder Mike Sepso said. “It will require partners with expertise in e-sports team management, and the resources — capital, human and otherwise — to really dig in and build this thing.”
Ambitious or not, Overwatch League is reportedly struggling to get off the ground in the wake of a “stagnated” competitive scene in the game itself.