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Overwatch League star Sinatraa leaks hero for his MVP skin

Published: 17/Sep/2019 4:26 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 4:53

by Isaac McIntyre


Overwatch League star Jay ‘Sinatraa‘ Won has revealed which hero he picked for his MVP skin, after being crowned the competition’s best player on September 6.

The San Francisco Shock player was named the OWL’s Most Valuable Player ahead of playoffs in September, granting him the right to choose a personalized skin in Blizzard’s FPS title.

“What hero is my skin going to be? I don’t know if I…. Okay I think I can say that,” the 19-year-old said on teammate Matthew ‘Super’ Delisi’s September 16 stream, before confirming his choice. “The skin will be for Zarya, but I can’t really say the other parts of it.”

The American star topped the league’s damage as Zarya with 12,662 per ten minutes during the divisive GOATS meta, and was widely praised for his leadership in the squad as well.

Despite initially being selected for the Shock for his outstanding play on DPS heroes like Tracer, Sinatraa rose to prominence in the league’s second season for his Zarya and Doomfist gameplay.

Though the Russian flex tank wasn’t what Sinatraa was brought into the team to play, his mastery of the character means it certainly makes sense that San Francisco’s best player would choose to design a skin for the hero.

The American’s story across the OWL’s second season was an interesting one, as he dueled with fellow Shock star Park ‘Architect’ Min-ho for a starting position. Won made a handful of Doomfist appearances during Phase 4, covering Architect’s hero pool gaps.

Activision-BlizzardSinatraa was crowned the OWL Season 2 most valuable player ahead of playoffs.

There can be no doubting that he earned his place as the MVP of Blizzard’s massive esports league. The young star, who has also been named in the US Overwatch squad ahead of the 2019 World Cup, won the fan-vote for his place in the history books.

More than 640,000 votes were cast between Sinatraa, Super, Lee ‘Twilight’ Ju-seok, Xu ‘Guxue’ Qiulin, and Choi ‘Jjanu’ Hyun-woo, with the Shock’s versatile DPS coming out in front overall.

The upcoming Zarya skin marks the second time Blizzard has designed a personalized add-on for the competition’s best player. New York’s Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang is currently the only other player to boast one, after choosing Zenyatta in Season 1.

Results-wise, Sinatraa’s Shock are in the Season 2 grand final after scoring four consecutive 4-0 victories in the lower bracket. They will face the Vancouver Titans on Sunday, September 29.


Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun


Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Call of Duty League
Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.