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Prices for Expansion Slots in the Overwatch League Could Increase to $60 Million for Next Season

Published: 11/May/2018 1:00 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:32

by Albert Petrosyan

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It appears that getting an expansion spot in the popular Overwatch League will soon become more difficult and a lot more expensive.

Sources familiar with the internal dealings of the league have told ESPN Esports that the league’s managing company, Activision Blizzard, plans to increase the price of expansion slots to between $30 – 60 million.

Currently in its innaugural season, the Overwatch League features set franchise teams that will compete annually for a spot in the postseason, as opposed to a classic promotion/relegation system.

As of now, there are 12 franchises that play in the league, and the original price for each of their slots was $20 million. This means that the expansion slots could potentially cost double or even triple that amount.

According to ESPN’s sources, Activision Blizzard will look to sell 4-6 expansion slots, although the exact price for each slot will be determined according to several factors.

Among the factors are general population of the area where the team would be based and the number of players who play Overwatch within that region, sources said. Additionally, if a single market has multiple interested buyers, the price is subject to being raised as those suitors bid against one another, according to sources.”

It appears that there are several reasons for this spike up in price, including the popularity and success of the Overwatch League and the increase in value of major esports organizations.

[…]The product has averaged around 80,00-170,000 concurrent viewers on its English-language Twitch broadcast, according to TwitchTracker. Opening day of the Overwatch League drew in more than 400,000 viewers. As for sales, the Overwatch League has gained close to $150 million in sponsorship and broadcasting rights deals, according to league sources.

Last summer, top North American esports organizations, such as Cloud9 and Immortals, were valued between $100 million and $140 million, and some organizations are now valued at around $160 million to $200 million, according to sources.

Source – Blizzard Entertainment

The Overwatch League is currently in the fourth and final stage of its regular season, from which six teams will qualify for the Playoffs, which will run from July 11th-22nd.

The winner of the grand final on July 26-28 will become the first ever Overwatch League champions and win a massive $1 million prize.

Source – ESPN

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.