Analysts peg Overwatch League at a potential $100 million in its first year

    
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NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT

One of the big announcements from last year’s BlizzCon was the addition of the new Overwatch League, a project Blizzard is using to help push competitive gaming and branding with a dedicated e-sports organization. It’s still a little early to say how successful it’s going to be, but analyst predictions have it pegged as a potential moneymaker of $100 million in its first year. That’s a lot of money for something where the game is already being made and balanced.

The prediction was made by investment management firm Morgan Stanley and outlines several potential futures, with the $100 million figure requiring about 72,000 regular viewers during the season. Morgan Stanley also predicts that much will depend on the future of e-sports as a viable market, depending on whether competitve gaming turns out to have a broad appeal or fails to connect with a larger paying audience.

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Melissa McDonald

” In a response to a fan’s letter, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that the playable character Symmetra is on the autism spectrum.”

I think my disdain for this game is based on it seemingly being a trendy champion of whatever societal ‘justice’ whims are being currently pushed. It’s pandering. As if a video game character can bloody be that.

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PurpleCopper

I like playing Overwatch, but I find WATCHING competitive Overwatch to be a dull affair. I much prefer watching competitive CSGO or DOTA instead.

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Melissa McDonald

It is remarkable to me that I have discovered my inner game curmudgeon. Not since Diablo/D2 have I liked a Blizzard product. Overwatch was a giant big ‘meh’ to me. Obviously more people disagree with me than I could count, but it’s just one of those curious things where I just don’t get the appeal.

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Armsbend

Fast paced shooter with easy objectives anyone can understand and 10-15 minute matches. Fantastic speed and graphics that are optimized as only Blizzard can.

That is the gist – but of course it isn’t for everyone.

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KumiKaze

I have no doubt Blizzard will do whatever it can to make this succeed. However, I fear that widespread acceptance of e-sports, at least in the US, will go hand in hand with whether or not the Overwatch League succeeds. The Overwatch League is a step up from regular e-sports in that teams will actually have a “home” city/region, and are stepping up structure, which seems to be lacking from other e-sports leagues as you seem to hear every couple of months of players not being payed, etc. Plus if the Blizzard and the Overwatch League can get a TV deal it will have a much better chance of succeeding.

Now, the reason I fear that acceptance hinges on the Overwatch League. Blizzard and other companies have spent a lot of money to get this going, and if it doesn’t work out, I think other companies will be too afraid of losing money to try.

Having said that, I hope it succeeds as I love Overwatch and e-sports in general, and would like to see e-sports become more mainstream and not just something the nerds watch on their computers.

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Armsbend

In all my years of reading gaming news I have never seen a big time investment firm weigh in on the industry – until now.

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semugh

My first eye popping moment was when Elon Musk said go play Overwatch… /roflmao…

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Sally Bowls

ATVI’s Kotick has been talking of eSports and comparing it to $7B NFL revenue. But all this began gettting more press once Amazon spent a billion on Twitch. It is starting to have enough potential to attract the leeches professionals.

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Melissa McDonald

you’d see it in Forbes or the Motley Fool, not a gaming site really. Nvidia was a darling stock until quite recently.

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Armsbend

I do not consider Nvidia a gaming stock/company any longer. They have stepped out of that role.