Aug 30 2016 - 11:59 pm
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ELEAGUE Makes Overwatch Open Changes After Player Complaints

After 16 teams spoke out in unison, ELEAGUE decided to make some changes to the $300,000 tournament's format.
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In an impressive showing of solidarity and collective bargaining, the 16 teams competing in ELEAGUE's Overwatch Open lodged a formal complaint with the league and their pleas were heard swiftly. As first reported by Daily Dot Esports, a letter was sent to league commissioner Min-Sik Ko by REUNITED support player Thomas "Morte" Kerbusch on behalf of all teams involved.

The letter featured three main complaints. The teams mainly did not like the tournament's proposed format, the fact that there were no travel accomodations being provided for team coaches, and that there was a lack of international competition before the event's grand finals at the end of September.

Just 12 hours ater the email was sent, ELEAGUE responded with an updated format that resembles the one used by ESL during their recent Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom. The teams will now play in double-elimination groups and the playoffs will be best-of-five.

While the new format is better in the players' eyes, they still wish to see more international competition, as the teams from NA and EU won't normally clash in official competition until the grand finals.

“I believe that separating regions massively takes away from an international event,” Morte wrote in the letter to Ko, which was obtained by Daily Dot. “Gamescom perfectly showcased how entertaining matches between the different regions are. Matches within a region are not nearly as exciting as clashes between different regions, simply because matches within regions happen so often.”

This is a good step in the right direction for Overwatch as a young esport, as the players banded together in a mature way that was swiftly answered by ELEAGUE. It bodes well for the scene moving forward if the players can work together, and maybe even form a union in the future.


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