The esports world has big hopes for the upcoming Overwatch League, which is set to get underway next week.
Preseason matches back in December offered plenty of promise. That games were scheduled as a test run ahead of the real thing, but Blizzard has had few issues to iron out ahead of the first round of fixtures.
The production quality was high and the stream passed without technical issue.
However, that was just the beginning. When the Overwatch League kicks off on on Thursday, 11 January, fans will be treated to something that esports has never seen before, according to MLG CEO Pete Vlastelica.
Speaking to the MailOnline, Vlastelica said:
“The team that we’ve assembled to put on the show is the best team that’s ever been put together to work on an esports broadcast.”
“The combination of production talent, the technical crew, and the on camera personalities are really gelling as a unit, and are really focused on a level of production quality and storytelling that’s new to the guys from the world of esports.”
Blizzard have put together a team that blends the most experienced minds in esports production with some of the best talents from the world of sports.
Vlastelica himself falls into the latter category. The CEO previously served as the head of digital for FOX Sports for six years.
Blizzard hopes that his experience with FOX will help to make esports competitions like the Overwatch League more mainstream.
MLG CEO Vlastelica: “players key to success”
Vlastelica views the players as the key to achieving that goal. He certainly has big plans. He aims to turn Overwatch League’s unknown competitors into the sports stars of the future.
“There’s a large content production team based in our Burbank studio that’s going to be producing content about and around the League all week long during the season,” the MLG CEO said.
“They’ll be building content around the players, telling stories, and creating stars. That’s ultimately one of the things that’s going to drive the success of the League.”
Overwatch League kicks off
Fans have been eagerly anticipating the start of the Overwatch League since Blizzard announced its flagship tournament at BlizzCon 2016.
Over a year on, the Overwatch League will officially kick off on Thursday, 11 January.
Teams such as Boston Uprising, London Spitfire and Shanghai Dragons will compete until June for a $1m prize pool.
All games will be streamed live on the Overwatch League website and Blizzard’s MLG platform.