Players in the Overwatch League will earn at least $50,000 USD a year, Blizzard today confirmed.
In a post detailing salaries and roster signings, Blizzard confirmed that the seven Overwatch League teams around the world will use information received in an email survey to top players to help fill their rosters. Players are guaranteed a $50,000+ salary and a one-year contract (with the option to extend for another year). Clubs are also obligated to provide health insurance and a retirement savings plan for each rostered player. Moreover, at least 50% of the bonuses a team earns will be given directly to players.
“It’s important to note that this system for selecting players will be unique to the League’s first season,” Blizzard asserted. “In future seasons, the pre-season player signing process will be updated to serve the needs of an established league, its teams, players and fans.”
The first signing window will take place over 1 August to 30 October. All teams can negotiate contracts during this time.
So far, seven teams have been confirmed for the Overwatch League: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami-Orlando, San Francisco, Shanghai and Seoul. Teams can have a roster between 6-12 players, and there’s no region-lock on nationalities.
Overwatch is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.