Blizzard Entertainment made its reveal of the Overwatch League at BlizzCon over the weekend, announcing plans to serve up “a world-class, sports ecosystem for professional Overwatch competition” that echoes other sports leagues and focused on long-term stability for teams. The inaugural season will debut in 2017 and include a combine, where eligible players will be invited to try out for teams and anyone picked up by a team during the signing period will be guaranteed a contract that includes a baseline minimum salary and benefits package. Overwatch League teams will represent major cities from different regions (with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the event to watch the Overwatch World Cup this weekend. Potential owners?). Team announcements and additional Overwatch League information will be shared in the coming months. “The Overwatch League represents not only the pinnacle of Overwatch competition, but also a genuine career opportunity for the most skilled Overwatch players,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re building a league that’s accessible to players and fans, sustainable, and exciting for everyone involved.”
Barack and Michelle Obama inked a multi-year deal with Netflix. Said the former president, “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples.” The deal includes scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features, via a new company the Obamas set up called […]
BBC America reached over 11 million viewers for the royal wedding on Saturday, the biggest audience in network history. 1.2 million viewers, and 430,000 among A25-54, watched the live ceremony, making it a top three cable network on all of U.S. television for total viewers and A25-54, and second only to CNN among A18-49.
Smackdown appears set to head to FOX, where WWE has reportedly agreed in principle to bring the property to FOX in a five-year deal with a total value of more than $1 billion, according to ESPN. The series has run on NBC Universal networks since 2010, although NBCU opted to only keep Raw in the […]
Epic Games is lining up $100 million for Fortnite competitions during the 2018-19 season, with funding dedicated toward esports prize pools. “We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game,” the […]
The groundbreaking royal wedding on Saturday included romance, a gospel choir, celebrities, adorable kids, dazzling couture, and an impassioned speech from an American bishop that all made for must-see TV. And almost 30 million U.S. viewers saw it live over 15 networks, despite the early hour, up from the 23 million who watched the televised […]