With the success of the Overwatch League well underway, the league is already participating in some sponsored trades and team changes. There’s almost no evidence that this league is so new, with already a hugely professional amount of support and sponsorship behind it.
What kind of changes can the Overwatch League be making already? Well, the first stage was quite the learning curve for some of the players, and the teams focused on staying organized and adherent to their main goals.
After playing around in the professional arena for a bit, the OWL decided that some of its teams needed some fine-tuning.
This week has seen some major swaps taking place, as well as some free-agent signing, which isn’t unusual for professional gaming leagues. But with the OWL so new, the speed at which the league is already making changes can come as a surprise for some.
According to ESPN, the LA Gladiators are ready to make a transfer. They have their eyes set on Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek, the legendary tank player who has already made some impressive strides since the first stage began. A lot of teams have acquired out-of-league players too, such as the recent pickup of Dylan “aKm” Bignet by the Dallas Fuel.
And these swaps aren’t just happening within national borders, either. In fact, Dallas Fuel is also looking to trade for DPS player Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun. Kim came from London Spitfire, who, as you might recall, won stage one. While Kim himself didn’t participate heavily in stage one, he did show is strength back when he was with the Korean team KongDoo Panthera.
Florida Mayhem wants to get in on the action too. They’ve already picked up two new players, with the acquisition of Kim “aWesomeGuy” Sung Hoon and Ha “Sayaplayer” Jung Woo. Both of these players came from the Korean team Meta Athena, which became a legend in its own right.
These roster changes and new sign-ups aren’t just for players! Mayhem just signed a deal with Hyun-jin “r2der” Choi, the coach of Meta Athena. There is so much roster swapping action going on that it’s impossible to lay down a list of all the official trades and sign-ups at this moment. Over time, it will be easier to sort through all of the exciting changes to the OWL.
Aside from these official roster swap confirmations, there are plenty of rumors as well. Some rumors say that a couple of professional players from the OWL have been partaking in professional Overwatch boosting. It’s apparently quite a lucrative area to be in for pro players and can make up for the lack of earnings from being in a pro team. Boosting websites like www.boostards.com and www.boostinghero.com have been around for awhile now, so it’s no surprise that certain players have taken to this area to make a bit of side income.
Back to the topic at hand, official reports are having trouble understanding what’s real and what isn’t. Plus, there are some teams who just won’t announce who they’re picking up yet. For example, the Shanghai Dragons are rumored to have signed Geguri, but this is not yet confirmed.
Keep a close eye out as the upcoming days – and even hours – are sure to bring in more information on the OWL’s official movements! What do you think of the trades? Do you think this will help or hurt OWL’s standing as an eSports league? Let us know your thoughts!