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Overwatch League Sees Slight Viewership Decline in Stage 3

Published: 11/May/2018 12:21 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:52

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League viewership reportedly dropped in Stage 3 compared to the previous two stages.

A new chart from Esports Charts shows a range of Twitch viewership figures which have declined slightly as the league has progressed.

Both the peak concurrent viewership and the total hours watched across the stage saw a noticeable dip in the non-Chinese streams compared to Stage 2.

The one area that is apparently growing is the Chinese broadcast, which is not streamed on Twitch, which has reportedly seen a stage-by-stage increase in total time watched in China.

It’s worth noting however that viewership numbers on Chinese streams have been notoriously unreliable in esports, with the region having a reputation for view-botting and inaccurate reporting – so take the Chinese numbers with a pinch of salt.

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The Esports Observer also reported that the Stage 3 playoffs, which included an extra game compared to the previous stages due to the expansion to four playoff teams, saw a 20% decrease in average viewership compared to the Stage 2 playoffs.

The slight dip in viewership doesn’t seem to be harming the league’s prospects too much, however, as recent reports suggest that the league’s success is prompting Blizzard to seek between $30 million and $60 million for expansion teams for Season Two, up significantly from the $20 million asking price for Season One.

Equally, it is perhaps to be expected that Stage 3 of the league should be the least interesting for viewers, with any novelty factor having worn off but the end-of-season playoffs still too far off for the Stage 3 results to have clear implications for qualification.

Stage 4 of the league will kick off on May 16th, the final opportunity for teams to secure a spot in the $1.7million playoffs. Six teams will qualify for the playoffs, which will culminate with a grand final taking place at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York, on July 26th-27th.

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Overwatch League’s only female pro Geguri released by Shanghai Dragons

Published: 26/Oct/2020 5:00

by Brad Norton

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The Overwatch League’s first and only female player, Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon, has officially been released by the Shanghai Dragons after three seasons with the Chinese organization.

Geguri has made plenty of history throughout her time in competitive Overwatch. Not only was she the first female to crack into the South Korean APEX tournament, but she broke new ground as the first female to reach the Overwatch League in 2018.

Geguri joined the struggling Shanghai Dragons in an equally historic season. Despite having close calls multiple times, the lineup failed to win a single series in the inaugural year of competition, finishing with a 0-40 record.

With endless support from the community and a few upgrades over the offseason, Geguri and the Dragons turned things around. The team finished in 11th place during the 2019 playoffs before launching to third place in the 2020 finals.

However, her time under the Shanghai banners has now come to an end.

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Geguri quickly became a fan-favorite in the Overwatch League with her unique Off-Tank playstyle.

Geguri’s run with the Dragons spans three seasons and a total of 32 months. The South Korean off-tank rose to fame with her unique aim across heroes like D.Va and Zarya; aim that even came under question by others that accused her of cheating early into her career. Evidently, these claims were proven false through her time on stage.

The announcement of her release from the org came on October 25 alongside four other teammates. “I am so sorry that today is a sad day,” General Manager Yang Van said in the official statement. “Diya, Geguri, DDing, diem, and Luffy will leave as free agents after the expiration of their contracts.”

While the Shanghai roster is being rebuilt like many others this offseason, it appears as though Geguri isn’t stepping away from competition. In fact, all five players seem eager to play more than ever before. Leaving the team in order to seek out starting roles in the league.

“We fully understand and respect their desire for more opportunities in matches and we are quite sure that they will be able to have great performances in OWL,” Van said. “We will continuously help them to find a new team as they enter a new stage in their esports career.”

So while you won’t be seeing Geguri in the red and black jersey next year, she may still ink a deal with another OWL franchise. The Off-Tank expert didn’t play a map in 2020, though with so many roster shuffles this offseason, she may just find a new home soon.

Only time will tell where Geguri ends up. Be sure to keep your eyes glued to our offseason hub over the coming weeks for any updates.