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Overwatch League Analyst MonteCristo Makes a Bold Claim About Player Salaries

Published: 21/May/2018 17:27 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:57

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League analyst Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles has made a bold prediction about the increase of player salaries over the coming years.

During an episode of his talk-show Oversight, MonteCristo argued that by Season Three of the league, which will presumably take place in the first half of 2020, at least one star player will have signed a million-dollar contract.

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Such a claim implies a massive inflation of player salaries over the next two years. Though player salaries aren’t publicly known, the Overwatch League minimum salary is $50,000. San Francisco Shock’s Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won made headlines with a reported $150,000 contract, and while he’s unlikely to be the highest paid in the league, the two figures give a reasonable context for how much players are currently earning.

The Overwatch League has faced some criticism for currently having lower average salaries for players than many of the top-tier esports, with the likes of League of Legends and CS:GO professionals reportedly earning significantly more.

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The disparity perhaps isn’t too surprising considering that Overwatch League contracts were signed before there was any real proof that it would succeed, and given the massive buy-in amount asked of owners will limited evidence that competitive Overwatch could sustain large-enough interest.

The inaugural season has already been dubbed a success by many, however, to the degree that Blizzard are asking a significantly larger buy-in for expansion teams coming in for season two – perhaps as much as $60million, three times that of the launch teams.

As such, it is already anticipated that player salaries will increase for Season Two, especially for the league’s biggest stars, and clearly MonteCristo expects that growth to continue.

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Though esports player salaries aren’t typically public knowledge, seven-figure contracts aren’t unheard of, with League of Legends superstar Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok perhaps the most notable example of a player reportedly earning in the millions.

The full episode of Oversight can be seen here:

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.