Overwatch League players will earn $50k a year, plus health insurance
Now that the first handful of Overwatch League teams have been announced, Blizzard is now sharing the benefits that players on these teams will be earning. In a blog post on the League’s official site, Blizzard announced player salaries and benefits, free agent signing window, and season one team bonuses.
Blizzard made it clear, of the more than 30 million Overwatch players that meet age and eligibility requirements, every single one of them is a free agent and has the opportunity be signed to an Overwatch team. What do you get when you sign a contract with an Overwatch League team?
- Teams will sign players to one-year guaranteed contracts with the option to extend the contract for an additional year.
- The minimum salary for players is USD $50,000 per year.
- Teams will provide players with health insurance and a retirement savings plan.
- Teams will distribute at least 50% of their team performance bonuses (i.e. money from winning playoffs and other League events) to their players directly.
How much will the bonuses be? There will be a total of $3.5 million in bonus money distributed among the teams in season one, with at least a $1 million bonus going towards the season one champion.
Other details in the post included the requirement of league teams to provide housing and practice facilities for the team and each team must have at least six players, but no more than 12 players on the roster. The Overwatch League’s “free agency” period begins on August 1 and will run until October 30 where teams can sign players, from anywhere in the world, to team contracts.
We still don’t have a start date, schedule, season structure, or game rules but the first season will launch later this year.