Blizzard denies rumor that Overwatch League will take year-long hiatus after current season

    
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If you’re still a big fan of Overwatch and the competitive Overwatch League, we may have some bad news for you. A rumor being reported now by GGRecon is that sources within the league have stated the fifth season will not be starting in its usual time, delaying into 2022 until the release of Overwatch 2. That would give a vague launch window for the title and also make a certain amount of sense, but it wouldn’t be the shot in the arm that the game’s ailing competitive scene is looking for and would likely serve to diminish interest.

League vice president Jon Spector took to Twitter to claim that this rumor is inaccurate and there are no current plans for a year-long hiatus, although he does note that dates for 2022 have not been communicated at this time. It’s entirely possible that this is a spurious rumor and the League games will continue as normal, but it’s hardly the good news that any fan of the game is looking for. Then again, “good news” and “Blizzard” are words that rarely seem to occur in the same sentence lately.

Source: GGRecon, Twitter
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IronSalamander8 .

If I recall MOP’s coverage of this, it wasn’t exactly doing well even before all their dirty laundry was aired, so I fully expect it to shut down or grind to a halt sooner rather than later.

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Dobablo

In the last week, “sources” have confirmed both that OW2 has been delayed to 2023 and that next season’s league has been pushed back to late 2022 to ensure it is played using OW2.
I get the impression that some sources are making stuff up just to dump on Blizzard.

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Dobablo

I can see where this reporting came from though. It’s very much one of those, kernels of truth getting unfavourably spun.
OWL execs sent suggestions for next year’s organisation. There was some talk of doing out a minor competition at start of the year in OW1 with the full league starting later in the year using OW2. The first reporter to break the news them frames the conversation as “No OWL for over a year”

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Utakata

Meanwhile as they obfuscate about that, the plot thickens further…

https://kotaku.com/jesse-mcree-diablo-4-director-no-longer-at-activision-1847469113

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Atokad2887

you know with the rage you have had towards blizzard, im very surprised you haven’t changed your avatar yet. Iv been watching out for it.

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Utakata

It may be the last thing I’ll change too. The avatar image was a gift to me from a dear guildy during Wrath, so it’s difficult for me to just hang up…as there is a lot of appreciation to what was done for me with no cost to myself. There are a couple of directions I could take when I do decide to change it, but for now that’s not really important. Plus I own something unique of Blizz I’ll use to stand against them for now.

That said, the rage is against something they have done rather than what they are. It’s why I can’t say I hate WoW now, but rather I am unable to login while this awful shit is coming down the pipeline from behind the curtain. Because if it wasn’t for this, I’ll be back playing it in a heart beat. So it’s a game that’s proving difficult to let go and move on. And I am sure there are many in that same boat.

…thanks for asking though!

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Bruno Brito

You could draw your avatar.

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Utakata

In fact, I have something that I had sketched out for awhile now. It is included in one of my potential directions.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Hope this doesn’t turn out to be a fib. That would really ruin Blizz’s reputation.

/s

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I enjoy Overwatch casually, but have paid no attention to OWL. I attempted to watch a match once, but could not follow along with it or understand what was going on where. I enjoy watching Rocket League more.

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Danny Smith

Its still going?

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Greaterdivinity

I don’t follow OWL much, but is it even still that popular? As a non-fan it seems like interest/coverage has died way down over the years, I imagine due to the lack of meaningful updates (new characters, new maps, character reworks and bigger balance patches) hasn’t left for a terribly exciting or very different experience in a while.

Will be interesting to see how the advertisers handle the continued fallout though, I imagine they’re the primary money driving OWL (direct revenue from fans and revenue bumps in OW itself not counting for anywhere near as much) so if they start leaving then Blizzard will need to either scale down accordingly, look for more revenue elsewhere, or somehow convince Activision that the losses are worth it (which seems unlikely given everything we know about that relationship).

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McGuffn

eleven month hiatus.

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EmberStar

Technically, dissolving the league and canceling all events would *also* be true in the sense of “not a year long hiatus.”

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Blake

Can’t imagine their partners, who paid a ton of money to buy a team, would be too happy with them announcing a season long pause. I imagine lots of lawsuits would spring up.

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Stefan

With less sponsors and a reduced interest in everything AB especially Blizzard, a scenario might be something a lot smaller than first planned.

I am however genuinely curious how far the current boycott reach is, is it actually going to be effective or do we have a distorted view of it caused by a vocal minority which is something we often see online.