Here's How Much Overwatch League Players Can Make Per Year

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Blizzard has revealed base salaries, benefits, and more details for players looking to sign with the Overwatch League for its first season.

Teams will be able to sign players to one-year contracts within the August 1 to October 30 signing window. The minimum salary for players is $50,000 per year.

In addition to a base salary, players will receive health insurance, retirement plans, housing for the season, and at least 50% of prize pool winnings (distributed among a team). The total bonuses in Season 1 will amount to $3.5 million, and at least $1 million of it will be awarded to the Season 1 champion team.

Addressing roster and team composition questions, Blizzard also clarified that teams can have between six and 12 players with no "region locking" on the basis of players' home countries or nationalities. You can find all the details on the Overwatch League website.

Blizzard recently revealed the owners of the first seven Overwatch League teams, which include big names in traditional sports. The Overwatch League is set to launch later in 2017.

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charlieholmes

So despite the idiocy of being, or wanting to be one of these league members, how minuscule is the number of paid players versus the world population of gamers even just playing Overwatch? You'd probably have a better chance of playing in the NFL, much, much fewer competitors for the job, than getting a gig playing Overwatch for a paltry $50,000. Not my idea of a successful career goal to pay the bills and become financially well off!

Please kids, strive to be much, much more than a gamer which is absolutely just meant to be a hobby in life among others!

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Now that is some funny stuff there.

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Pupchu

They getting paid by litterally accomplishing nothing. Meanwhille, there is starvation in this world...

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lionheartssj1

@Pupchu: The Kardashians get paid more for doing even less. Doesn't make sense.

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Anteares

All that for a pile of crap game like Overwatch? Man....its good to be a millenial!

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Gaminsincepong

After taxes, you will bring home $17.42 lol

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madgame23

This is why our world is doomed, where are people's priorities?

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LTJohnnyRico

@madgame23: They get paid a decent salary to play games that will hopefully secure them a decent future (Retirement plans / Healthcare Etc) ... that's a good thing .. what should their priorities be ? Doing drugs and sponging of the state ? I'd say their priorities are a lot better than some peoples !

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charlieholmes

@ltjohnnyrico: Simple answer, be more than a simple gamer! So many other and better real life goals and opportunities out there if you have the kind of attitude to actually work hard and be somebody respectable.

Sorry man but it's simply the truth about the majority of the world's view when somebody says they want to be a gamer for a profession. It's not a profession in the first place. It's simply a hobby.

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LTJohnnyRico

@charlieholmes: Its only a hobby if you don't get paid for it ! if they can make money doing something they love doing .. why not ? and no ones going to mock them for getting 50k a year .. most likely people will be jealous ! If they are not just sitting around sponging of the state then I don't care what job they have .. and if they can get 50k a year for playing Games .. Fair play to them !

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IAmMcGruber

@ltjohnnyrico: yes, because drugs are the only other option...

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LTJohnnyRico

@iammcgruber: I'm not saying they are ... But why would a world be doomed (OP) for people having well paid jobs and contributing to taxes etc ? ... Surely it is the priorities of those that seek not to be employed and sponge of the state that should be more in question ?

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IAmMcGruber

@ltjohnnyrico: I don't know but I doubt he was speaking literally. Probably just making a joke that they play overwatch and make a minimum of 50k a year while ppl coming out of college with degrees are struggling to make 35k a year

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LTJohnnyRico

@iammcgruber: And there are people that didn't go to college and earn a lot more than 50k a year ... such is life !

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I honestly hope this league fails. Overwatch makes a lot of fun at first, but due to its dumbed down shooting mechanics I lost interest very fast and its eSport is so boring to watch. Blizzard just throws their money at this game and hope they succeed. They have no legit concept for this.

"In addition to a base salary, players will receive health insurance, retirement plans"

Why mentioning that? Its illegal to employ someone without health insurance and retirement plan.

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luert

@Sozialminister: it's just for positive advertising

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lorddaggeroff

You can earn 500000 dollars a year playing overwatch just do this, and that and guess what blahh.

Lol.

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doccobb

Too many better shooters out there i doubt it will maintain popularity if blizzard doesnt release a sequel its just still so bare bones it's fun n all but not that fun damn

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Jr_Hal

@doccobb: you realize which company-s game this is ?? Name one Blizzard game that's not being played after years of being released. This game isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Blizzard doesnt make bad games.

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SuperKlyph

@computernoises: You're asking a question to which you already know the answer.

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Barighm

I'm guessing my gold rating isn't enough to get scouted, heh.

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EdwardNygma

GS really pushes this game and Destiny WAYYYY too much.

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SuperKlyph

@edwardnygma: It's almost like they're popular.

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Barighm

@edwardnygma: It's like...they're published by the same multi-billion dollar company and have hundreds of millions available for marketing...or something.

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ps3gamer1234

All for just playing a game?

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Jr_Hal

@ps3gamer1234: you should look into the money LoL players make.

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Barighm

@ps3gamer1234: Yeesh. It's not like these people just party all day long until they play the game, then go back to their parties. Do you have any idea how long these guys practise together? And now with owners on their backs to worry about and responsibilities to deal with. Believe me, as someone who has worked on a game under a deadline, it stops being fun when you NEED to win.

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Pupchu

@Barighm: "it stops being fun when you NEED to win."

Absurd people actually do this.

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Xirtahm

@ps3gamer1234: Professional athletes pull in millions per year.... They're all paid to just play as well.

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yukushi

@Xirtahm: I would not call a dude who sit in a chair and flip his thumbs a professional athlete, as a matter of fact a lot of those dudes are out of shape and would get out of breath if they walk for too long.

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Xirtahm

@yukushi: Let me educate you on reading comprehension. Not anywhere in my comment did I call a gamer an "athlete". I said they are people who are paid to play a game. Just like people who are paid in ad revenue and royalties for yelling at their cameras on YouTube.... or just smashing shit for no reason, like HowToBasic.

If people can get paid to do what they like, more power to them. No one is telling you that YOU can't do that.

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capocrimeboss

@Xirtahm: I just had a look at HowtoBasic, what a wanker! He gets paid for that shit? Ugh.

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Xirtahm

@capocrimeboss: At least in ad revenue alone. It boggles my mind that he has that many subscribers.

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bjMassacre

@Xirtahm: "Professional athletes pull in millions per year.... They're all paid to just play as well." Yet you made the comparison to an athlete.

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mdinger

@bjMassacre: "athlete" was clearly a wrong choice of words. But there a lot of professional people that do nothing but play games with bugger all physical activity, e.g. pro poker players, pro bridge players. pro chess, pro monopoly, pro scrabble players etc. Any field where there is competition and people willing to pay to watch (via tolerating advertising or buying tickets, ppv etc) or attract corporate sponsors, said competition will produce professional players. This is just as true for being paid because you're very good at hitting a ball over a net, into a net, or into a hole or because you twiddle your thumbs better than the average person.

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Xirtahm

@bjMassacre: If you want to draw that conclusion, that's your problem and not mine. Case in point, if someone getting paid to do what they like really pissed you guys off, you should really sit down and reevaluate your life's dilemmas.

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SprSynJn

@Xirtahm: It isn't his problem. You clearly compared the two. Denying that is futile.

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Xirtahm

@SprSynJn: Actually, I simply stated that the two get paid to play games. That is an undeniable fact. It isn't my fault he assumed I meant gamers are athletes.

Seriously, no one thinks that. Come on.

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SprSynJn

@Xirtahm: Pretty sure you got upvoted for that last comment there. To which I also agree.

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bjMassacre

@Xirtahm: First off it doesn't piss me off that someone plays games for a living. One of my best friends makes his living off of twitch. Second, you are the one who is getting all bent out of shape over one person's response to what you said.

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Valgaav_219

I want parts