Season 4 is Postponed while we work to rebrand our organization and ensure we can comply with Blizzard’s updated Tournament License policies. We do not have an ETA but will re-announce when we are confident in doing so.
One year ago today, matsgd and DictatorFish got together to create a tournament for the Overwatch community. Their vision was to give everyone the opportunity to play in an organized competitive format against opponents of their skill level, whether they be Bronze and Silver or Top 500. They expected a modest response, enough to run a little tourney or two. Instead, the reaction from the community was overwhelming, leaving them scrambling to sort all the players into teams and the teams into divisions.
That was Season 1 of what became the Overwatch University League. Two seasons later, it remains the largest community Overwatch competition out there. We’ve added new faces, built up a team of talented casters, recruited programmers and great graphic designers, partnered with other organizations, and grown to over 1400 players in our most recent season.
None of this success would be possible without you, the players and fans whose competitive and community drive push us forward towards bigger and more sophisticated tournaments. But as we grow, our responsibilities change, and the incredible transformation of the professional Overwatch scene brings change as well.
As we look to the next chapter of our community, we realize that it’s time for us to grow up a little bit. The branding and identity we’ve been using since day one may have worked for a few friends holding a pick up tournament, but to continue operating in good faith we need to set them aside and create something of our own. For the last few months we’ve been working on a new logo and name for our community. As soon as we’ve made our final decision, we’ll be sure to announce it.
Furthermore, alongside the preseason of the official Overwatch League, the long-awaited announcement of Overwatch Contenders Season 2, and the changes coming to the Overwatch Open Division, Blizzard has updated their Community Competition license. Before we can continue to operate our tournaments, we must ensure that we are in full compliance with the new license agreement. We are committed to fostering the amateur and semi-pro competitive community and if we fail’ to uphold Blizzard’s requirements we risk being rendered unable to do so.
We apologize to everybody for this sudden change of plans--we don’t like making promises we can’t keep. That’s why we’re making this adjustment in the first place, to make sure we are operating in good faith and confident in our ability to continue celebrating and building this community.
What’s next? Keep an eye on our discord server, social media accounts, and website for more news. Expect all of these things to change in the near future--we’ll make sure you hear about it first. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask the admins on our discord server. Just be aware that we may be unable to discuss particular things until we’ve ironed them out on the back end.
In the meantime, to keep everyone going strong and having fun, we’re announcing Community Nights every Monday. These will consist of PUGs, scrims, arcade games, and other Overwatch activities. For the time being these will not be structured in official tournament formats, while we work with the Blizzard Community Competition License. Nonetheless, we encourage everyone to sign on with your teams and join the fun.
Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding. We love this community and the competitive scene, and will do everything in our power to keep offering the structured tournament experience to all skill levels and regions.
The Overwatch University League Team