by Justin J. Andreozzi
At the 2016 BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment executed - in inspiring fashion - phase one of its five part plan to create the most prestigious esports league in the world. Now, several months later, Overwatch competitors and the esports world wait in anticipation for phase two: The Preseason.
According to Blizzard's Overwatch League website (www.overwatchleague.com): "Proven stars and leader-board heroes will assemble in one global talent pool. Teams then maneuver to sign the best players and build sturdy rosters for the season ahead." The "Preseason" phase will purportedly include a first-of-its-kind esports combine, where players (by invite only) will compete to showcase their skills for the sanctioned Overwatch League franchises.
This will be an unprecedented time in esports, and the top competitors are going to need to focus all of their time and energy on performing to the best of their ability leading up to and throughout the preseason. Just like in traditional major sports, competitors need competent, experienced representation now more than ever. While Overwatch All-stars work to showcase their talent, they need representatives working behind the scenes to leverage the best player-team contracts, and seek out lucrative marketing and sponsorship deals.
Just as no NFL prospect enters the combine without an agent, no esports competitors should attempt to navigate the constantly shifting climate of esports without representation. For Overwatch professionals, the preseason is is rapidly approaching. The time to secure quality, professional representation is now.