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Overwatch League Players Will Make At Least $50,000 A Year With Benefits

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Following the announcement of the founding seven teams of the Overwatch League, Blizzard has released a statement regarding the players who will make up the league. The statement covered player salaries, contracts, benefits, and bonuses.

Technically, all 30 million Overwatch players of eligible age are considered free agents. Teams are obviously not going to be scouting platinum matches, but still. If you own a copy of Overwatch, you can potentially be signed by a team as a Free Agent.

Players on Overwatch teams, even those in the League (NRG, Immortals, Misfits), are not automatically signed to the team. Players are only considered a member of the Overwatch League when they sign a Player Agreement with their team.  So, there are no contracted players yet. Even members of announced teams are not officially a part of the team, even if they have a contract with the organization.

The player signing window will be open from August 1 to October 30. This signing process is unique to Season 1, according to Blizzard, as it will be updated for next year’s preseason to reflect “the needs of an established league, its teams, players, and fans.”

To get to what players will be looking for, the league announced generous terms for contracted talent. Every player will sign a one-year contract, with an option for another year. Blizzard did not clarify if this is a team or player option. The league minimum is $50,000 per year, and players will be provided with health insurance  and a savings plan. On top of their base pay, teams are required to distribute 50% of all winnings from playoffs and League events to their players. This is quite a hefty bonus, as bonuses available from Season 1 total $3.5 million. Winning the League championship alone grants a $1 million bonus, so $500,000 distributed between the amount of players.

Speaking of which, Blizzard also announced team requirements for team size, housing, and region locking. A roster must have at least 6 players (obviously), but there can be no more than 12. Teams are required to provide housing and practice facilities during the season, and each facility must meet League standards. Furthermore, there is no region locking “in terms of the place of birth or home country of any player.”

The perks of being a League player are clearly evident, so players will be vying for the spots available on the 7 teams. The downside of all this is with the advent of the League, many teams fans are familiar with will be breaking apart, especially those not in the League. Expect many poaching offers to pick up players on teams that have yet to buy in, particularly ones that didn’t perform well in Contenders Season 1.

The lack of region locking is a huge announcement, as players from North America and Europe now have to contend for spots with their Korean counterparts, who have shown (in tournaments like APEX) their skill level is demonstrably better. The fact that each team will basically be able to sign two teams (up to 12 players) will alleviate some of those worries, as there will definitely be room on teams for players who show their skill.

The Overwatch League Launches later this year. Read the full announcement here!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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