Eagle Gaming is the winners of Contenders Europe Season 2 after defeating Angry Titans 2-1. The team had a strong performance during the Contender season and is definitely on the radar of several Overwatch League franchises. However, the organisation’s buyout clause could have been a potential obstacle for the players’ transition into the Overwatch League.
As the President of Eagle Gaming, I ever thought of the well-being of my employees and more especially, the players. Even if we have an effective successful team, who proved its great potential during the Overwatch Contenders finals, we prefer to escort our players through their careers to reach top level of competition. That’s why we decide to break the buyout clause in their contract to offer them the best chance to obtain a place in an Overwatch League team. For these who will go away from us, we wish them the best and hope they will keep some great moments with us.
In a gesture of goodwill, Eagle Gaming has decided to break the buyout clause on all of its players. This will allow them an opportunity to find employment in an Overwatch League team. The additional buyout costs will no longer be applicable to any deals between the players and an OWL team.
Money does not mean everything.
Helping young gamers carve their careers would mean a lot for several players. As an organisation, we have to laud this decision, especially since we have seen incidents to the contrary in the past. In games like CS: GO and Dota 2, originations have held players to their contract and refused to lower their buyout prices.
This puts a hold on a players’ career progress which can harm his overall value. It also demotivates him to play well for the organisation which can have a cyclical effect on his personal performance and value.
The recent announcement of eight additional teams for the Overwatch League … makes this period even more important for players. Eagle Gaming’s aspiration is to help our talented eagles to reach the top of the Overwatch esport scene. It’s in this perspective that we decided to renounce any buyout in case an Overwatch League team or an Academy team would want to recruit one of our players. It would be an honor and a satisfaction to see them playing in the Blizzard Arena.
Overwatch League expands with eight new teams
The Overwatch League Season 2 will commence in 2019. It will feature eight new franchises with a spread throughout Asia and North America. Paris is the sole representative amongst the new additions for Season 2.
San Francisco Announces addition of Rascal to their OWL team
— San Francisco Shock (@SFShock) September 25, 2018
San Francisco has officially announced Rascal’s addition to their Overwatch League roster. The talented Korean player has had a tough time in Season 1. Originally a part of London Spitfire, he was traded to Dallas Fuel before being let go. Rascal is efficient on a variety of DPS heroes and can provide the flexibility required on the roster.