Overwatch League gets optimistic with announcement for 2021 season

Everything is better in the flesh


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At the risk of understating things, the Overwatch League 2020 season hasn’t exactly unfolded as planned over the past 10 months. Initially, fans were supposed to be piling into arenas around the world, watching their favourite teams do in-the-flesh battle.

And then COVID-19 struck, and teams like the Atlanta Reign, Hangzhou Spark, London Spitfire, and Vancouver Titans suddenly weren’t going anywhere except into lockdown for the Overwatch League 2020 season.

So the best we can do is hope for a reboot for 2021. And, if we’re dreaming big, look forward to some return to normalcy in the form of in-person play.

To that end, details about Overwatch League 2021 have been released today in a video from vice-president of operations Jon Spector.

He suggested that the season will kick off in the spring, as opposed to the usual late-winter start in February.

Competition will be split into two regions (Asia-Pacific and North America). And, with mass in-person gatherings still likely off the table for the next 12 months, a major emphasis will be placed on on-line tournaments. That’s likely sparked by the positive reaction to 2020 events like the Summer Showdown.

To whet their appetites for next spring, there will be a Shock vs. The World tourney this winter. That will see the construction of all-star teams of Overwatch players who’ll try to top league champions San Francisco Shock in various competitions.

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Those who really can’t wait to cheer on their favourite Overwatch League players after loading up at the merch table have some potential good news as well.

Proving that some folks are eternal optimists, league organizers are hoping that the season-ending Grand Finals tournament will be held in person.

Overwatch League isn’t the only esports organization betting on a return to normalcy. Last week PUBG announced plans for a physical tournament in South Korea, with 32 teams from around the world flying into compete from February 2 to March 28.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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