With Overwatch reaching over 7 million copies of the game sold, in the midst of discussion about the game’s potential as an actual eSport, there are promising signs pointing towards Overwatch’s potential being great indeed.
Following the entrance of a famous German football club Schalke 04 into the eSports scene after they bought the EU LCS spot of the team Elements, reports appeared online that one of the most famous football clubs, Manchester United, is trying to get their hands on an Overwatch team.
While Schalke 04 paved the way and showed that it’s okay to expand into eSports, they chose a proven game to compete in. The potential was all there, they knew what they would get. In that light, the fact that Manchester United is trying to enter the scene with an Overwatch team is, frankly, baffling and exciting at the same time. With it being unknown whether Overwatch will take off as an eSport, the risk for the football club are considerable. On the other hand, the fact that they think it’s worth it is good tidings.
Manchester United’s efforts aren’t without competition, however. As it is the case with everything worth pursuing, the football giants have to compete with others, interested in buying the same team. In this case, they will have to offer a better deal than Fnatic, one of the most well-known eSports organisations in the world.
Thinking about it, the players of the team will have a hard time choosing which organisation to go with, because both have their pros and cons. Manchester United would give them legitimacy and exposure outside eSports, as well as much deeper pockets, while Fnatic probably has better infrastructure and experience at operating an eSports squad. While Manchester United would have to learn as they go in order to adapt their approach, formed through decades of running one of the best football clubs in the world, to fit an eSports squad, Fnatic probably has it down pat. Of course, all of it depends on how far the organisations are willing to go to make their players comfortable, as well as the pure financial matters, like buyout price, wages, money for living expenses and so on.
It’s not currently known which Overwatch team is being fought over, however, it’s a good spot to be in for them. Bidding wars are great for business. I just hope that the players get some advice to make sure they get everything they possibly can before signing a contract.