Overwatch League is rife with uncertainty heading into its fifth season

by Adam Fitch  ·  Updated 
Overwatch League is rife with uncertainty heading into its fifth season

While the Overwatch League is gearing up to launch its fifth season, this year's competition is shaping up to be the shakiest and most unpredictable yet. Here's the current state of the franchised league, which is receiving millions of dollars each year from its 20 partner teams.

The timeline: Before looking ahead at the 2022 season, it's worth reminding yourself of the shortcomings of the league's previous iterations.

The all-important fifth season: Things haven't been great for the Overwatch League since its early days and it's not clear that the best is still yet to come.

The uncertainty: There are now two months left before Overwatch League's fifth season is set to get underway but uncertainty is rife.

  • The same Dexerto report also claimed that the franchise teams still don't have access to the Overwatch 2 beta.
  • The league has lost iconic, long-time casting duo of Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson and Brennon “Bren” Hook. Fans watch for the players and teams but broadcast talent have important roles as storytellers, influencers, and ambassadors of an esports scene.
  • While the acquisition is not a done deal yet, Microsoft's $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard is likely to create plenty of changes at the company — some of which is certain to trickle down to esports efforts like the OWL and CDL in due course. This will be a huge source of unpredictability for the foreseeable future.
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