Thoughts on Chou’s ESPN Interview

Yesterday, ESPN ran an interview with Kevin Chou, the owner of KSV, the Seoul Overwatch League franchise spot. Kevin used to be one of the founders of KABAM and knows the game industry very well. Now after picking up the team Lunatic-Hai, Korea’s top Overwatch talent, he is on the verge of being the one to beat when the league gets going.

In his interview, Kevin talked about building up the team and the fan base in Korea. More importantly he outlined some of the differences between the APEX tournaments and how the Overwatch League will be structured.

Overwatch League will have a number of things different from APEX. The most obvious one is that all teams can have up to 12 people on their roster. And it’s likely that there will be more substitutions allowed throughout a match compared to what happens in APEX. So all this changes how we think about things. You could literally put together two full rosters.

Right now, every owner will be thinking about whether to put two full teams together and have them train for different maps and scenarios. A team might be really good defending against dive comps, whereas another might be really good playing dive comps. And we have to think about control point maps too — it’s not a secret that we lost all of the control point maps in the APEX finals. And the DPS meta is changing rapidly with the recent patches. So we’re thinking about all of these things in the context of what the OWL match structure will be. It’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re going to put together a good plan. – Kevin Chou via ESPN. 

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Another really interesting area is Overwatch’s decline in viewership recently. Blizzard is doing a ton behind the scenes to get this League up and running. Kevin had this to say on the topic:

Contenders is going on right now, as is the World Cup, but these events aren’t really established, regular competitive circuits — apart from the unique exception of APEX, there simply isn’t any “real” formalized competition in Overwatch right now. So I don’t think the numbers right now tell us that much about how Overwatch League will do, nor do I think how Overwatch is doing in Korea is representative of how Overwatch is doing across the world.

Blizzard has been putting so much focus on preparing for Overwatch League, and an amazing amount of marketing resources will go into the league. I’m looking forward to how it will generate interest in the game and the scene worldwide. It’s also important to remember that competitive Overwatch is still very young and all the storylines are just starting to develop.

Many people are excited about the Overwatch League kicking into high gear. However, a lot of skeptics continue to doubt the league’s success. We here at Overwatchscore obviously have a lot invested in the league. Still, it may come down to something growing and much bigger in years 2 or 3 compared to year 1.

We will have to wait and see, but Kevin really knows what he is doing. We’re excited to see his powerhouse team start in year one and find out where it goes from there.

-Mash

 

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