Armed with classes realized from 2020, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector up to date followers via a brand new YouTube video to elucidate what’s new for the league in 2021. In accordance with Spector, the league has made a number of modifications with a view to “enhance the standard of competitors and the fan expertise…”
First, the 2021 season will start in April and sees groups divided into two teams: East and West.
The East consists of eight groups competing in China and South Korea: the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Cost, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty.
The West consists of the twelve groups competing in Europe and North America: the Atlanta Reign, Boston Rebellion, Dallas Gas, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Everlasting, San Francisco Shock, Vancouver Titans, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice.
Maybe the most important change when it comes to league construction is that as a substitute of a regular-season conventional league schedule, such because the one Main League Baseball makes use of, groups will play in regional qualifier matches that can seed groups for the 4 standalone tournaments that can see the highest 4 groups from every area compete in a single bracket.
Moreover, the league has said that each one regular-season matches will depend in direction of qualification for the 2021 Season Playoffs. Nonetheless, solely the highest groups will qualify for and compete within the 4 important tournaments. There was no phrase on how groups will qualify for tournaments, however that data is claimed to be coming quickly.
For now, matches will nonetheless be performed on-line, however the league might be utilizing a brand new software that establishes minimal latency connections in order that groups “wherever on this planet can scrimmage in opposition to each other or conduct practices if gamers are aside.”
That being stated, the league does hope to “welcome followers again to dwell occasions if well being and security situations enhance in 2021,” noting that the season could possibly be performed totally on-line and that the league has plans to facilitate offline and on-line competitors.
The fan expertise was additionally on the thoughts of Spector as he talked about how the league is working with YouTube to “stage up” the standard of the match streams. Followers will see a brand new digital set, a redesigned graphics bundle, and modifications to the present format that place much more emphasis on match play.
OWL can be growing a brand new video sequence that can give followers extra inside views of their favourite gamers with participant and staff spotlights in addition to that includes professional Overwatch suggestions, and collect the perfect evaluation from league consultants.
The league additionally hinted that it’s engaged on a “spoiler-free viewer mode and new integrations with companions like IBM which are going to considerably improve the way in which our followers work together with gamers, groups, and stats.”
Lastly, the league has requested followers to “be part of them” subsequent month for BlizzConline happening Feb. 19-20 that can characteristic an exhibition match labeled because the San Francisco Shock vs. the World competitors.