With Season One of the Overwatch League in the books, teams can now begin building their rosters for Season Two.
The inaugural season concluded with the grand finals on July 27-28. Just a few days later, on August 1, the first signing period has opened for Season Two.
The twelve teams that competed in Season One will have until September 8 to extend contracts with the players on their current rosters. During that time, they will also be able to negotiate trades with other existing teams. Any players that aren’t signed to an Overwatch League team during this time will enter free agency.
This window will also allow teams with academy squads competing in Overwatch Contenders to sign players on those rosters to their Overwatch League squads, should they choose to. Existing OWL teams won’t be able to sign other free agents, however.
From September 9-October 7 will be an exclusive free agent signing window for new expansion teams, allowing them to build rosters without competing for free agents with established teams. From October 8, all teams will be able to sign any players still in free agency. By December 8, all Overwatch League teams must have at least eight players signed.
Blizzard is expected to seek six expansion teams for Season Two of the League, meaning a massive influx of new talent, and undoubtedly stiff competition to sign the most high-profile free agents. Reports have indicated that there will be franchises in Atlanta, Guangzhou, and Paris, with the Atlanta and Guangzhou spots expected to be announced on August 1.