Why Overwatch League Is Shutting Down


Following the conclusion of the 2023 season, two-thirds of Overwatch League teams elected to depart from the league, prompting Activision Blizzard to transition away from the current model. Activision Blizzard will pay nearly $120 million to the 20 contracted teams as they move towards founding a new framework for competitive Overwatch play. The closure of the Overwatch League was not surprising given Activision Blizzard’s overestimated ambitions, financial burdens, and the impact of a gender discrimination scandal that led to sponsors cutting ties and a decline in fan interest.

Following the conclusion of the 2023 season, a vote was held by the owners of …