Overwatch League 2023 – Revitalized or Retired?

Published: Oct 5, 2023

It’s 2018 and the inaugural season of the Overwatch League kicks off in a young, yet booming esports industry – the teams, players and scene seems larger than life. Meanwhile, in present day, it seems that the Overwatch League 2023 may have been the last and is to be ‘revitalized’- read on to learn more about the recent news!

Overwatch League ‘Revitalized’ – Declining for Years

Let’s not forget that during the first three seasons, the Overwatch League celebrated quite a bit of success in many aspects together with Overwatch betting.

Trialing the traditional franchised format in esports, the first few seasons offered great viewership, a bustling community and fantastic competition.

So much so, that the early years saw the Overwatch League expanding the number of franchises as esports organizations wished to become a part of the success.

Overwatch League 2023 - Revitalized or Retired?

Many years later, there are a number of reasons why the Overwatch League declined together with Overwatch players count, here’s a few of them:

Speaking of which, as a concrete display of the decline of the Overwatch League, here’s a look at the viewership numbers for the Overwatch League Playoffs over the years (peak concurrent viewers):

As you can see, the decline is evident in Overwatch tournaments.

Revitalizing Overwatch League – As Expected

Earlier this year, in July, the writing was on the wall for the Overwatch League.

Specifically, it was revealed that Activision Blizzard would allow Overwatch League franchise owners to vote on an updated operating agreement.

Should teams choose to bail out, they receive a termination fee of $6 million. This was announced in the tail-end of a season which already saw teams withdrawing, rebranding and reducing funding.

While the Activision-Blizzard and Microsoft deal may have sparked some hope, the recent Tweet from the Overwatch League is no surprise:

With the completion of the 2023 Overwatch League season, we will be focusing on building our vision of a revitalized esports program. We’re eager to share more with you as details are finalized.

It seems that franchising hasn’t worked and doesn’t work in the esports industry – who would have thought?

A New Overwatch League – Our Predictions

Overwatch League 2023 - Revitalized or Retired?

As fans of esports, we’re hoping that Overwatch can bounce back.

Sure, Activision Blizzard does have a reputation of destroying esports scenes, there’s a strong community here. Here’s what we think a revitalized Overwatch League will need after scrapping what’s already failed:

With VALORANT and CS2 enjoying newfound success, time is ticking for Overwatch.

Image Credits: Activision Blizzard

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Gabriel Sciberras

Since: February 7, 2023

Gabriel is a content writer and editor at EsportsBets, covering every related esports scene and topic under the sun, apart from plenty of experience in the realm of technology and gaming. When he's not covering international news, he's focused on the local Maltese scene.

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