Jan 02, 2019 18:13:01 @adastra
"meta changes can flip the whole league around mid-season"
I love this concept. I have been wanting to write more this year and this seems like a great place to brush up and get tuned again before jumping back in. To be honest, I will probably just be sharing rants on the gaming & tech world but hey, if you're into that feel free to follow!
I've been thinking a lot about how Blizzard/Activision will adapt its competitive scene this year. Year two of the Overwatch League is looking to be a pretty significant improvement from year one. Although only three of them, local home games should be a good test to see how this model work on a larger scale with traveling rosters. The 8 expansion teams are also a great sign for league growth and investor interest. Personally, I believe they need to stay on the same patch the entire season, as meta changes can flip the whole league around mid-season. I could see Activision also pushing the Call of Duty competitive scene even further this year with larger prize pools and money behind production/growth to compete with Epic/Fortnite. With Fortnite's $100M prize pool and open format, they will need to competitive players that they can have a career on their platforms as well.
All of this is dependent on games revenue as Blizzard has been told via numerous sources to "ship more games" which is a sign that investors are looking for more liquidity.