Overwatch League team Vancouver Titans loses its entire roster amidst controversy

Well, the team didn't lose them, exactly, they're in the same place; they're just not coming back

    
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Overwatch League team Vancouver Titans loses its entire roster amidst controversy

There has been some talk that the third season of the Overwatch League is kind of crucial for attracting viewers and convincing fans to actually tune in for the game, as that’s been a standing problem for the organization. It’s definitely not a time when you want to hear that the entirety of the Vancouver Titans team has been released from their contracts. That’s exactly the sort of thing that seems like it would lead into a scandal… and oh, look, there’s your scandal wherein it’s claimed that the team organizers weren’t actually accommodating the team sufficiently. That’ll do it.

Obviously, the team owners have contradicted these claims, stating that this decision was entirely due to the unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic making team management an unusual challenge. Either way, it’s definitely not a good look for the Overwatch League, and it’s no doubt a significant blow for the competitive league’s fans and watchers.

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Strykerx88
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Strykerx88

Their first step to blowing up was the move to Youtube. They went from around 80k viewer average per airing on Twitch to a little over 30k on Youtube.

Combine that with them moving to locally based teams (before they were really ready or strong enough from league health to travel), the virus, and their more popular casters having an exodus over treatment, and RIP OWL.

It sucks because I love OWL :(

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Jim Bergevin Jr

You know, I started watching Figure Skating when Nancy Kerrigan took a lead pipe to the knee. I still don’t think that could get me even remotely interested in watching any “eSport”, ever.

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Skai R

This is what happens when you force an eSport onto a game instead of the grassroots way.

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Arktouros

“Due to this unprecedented pandemic…”

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I think I saw it twitch.

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Utakata

…well it is still around infecting folks at scary rates.

I would like to think of it as a dead horse…but it is still on it’s way out the barn in a blaze of glory currently, with a long time before it ever decides to keel over. /bleh

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Arktouros

The inherent problem with some of these scenarios isn’t that Covid-19 isn’t still dangerous nor that we are somehow over the worst of it but rather it’s become an excuse for any and all companies to try to forgive themselves of all issues. That includes even if their problems were going to happen regardless of Covid-19 or not.

Case in point in this scenario. According to the article the team management states that due to many complications over Covid-19 they decided to ban the team. However as the article also points out there are many other teams who not only have managed the Covid-19 challenges but also excelled and took care of their teams very well and someone was indicating the issues were here regardless.

Like if I hear a major convention shuts down because of Covid-19? Okay. An eSport team literally playing an online video game because their management didn’t want to do travel arrangements and accommodations? Yikes.

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Utakata

Yeah…there are those who use this crises for excuses, exploits and/or profiteering. I’ve maintain there should be a special place in Hell for such individuals. So you have my agreement here. >.<

Thanks for the clarification, then.