In addition to partnering with DisneyXD and ESPN for live-streaming competitive Overwatch, Blizzard has announced plans to develop the North American K-8 Division, featuring 64 North American schools within each bracket, totally for 576 new teams being added to the Overwatch Competitive roster. The new division will begin seeding brackets by the end of this year.
A major criticism of the Overwatch League has been that the player age-limit is too high. According to most players, some of the best talent in Overwatch exists within the Eight to Thirteen age-range. This new division will add a total of 9 brackets, ranging from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade, and will allow players with enhanced skill, who do not meet the 13-year-old age-limit of the Overwatch Contenders League, to participate in an official competitive atmosphere and showcase their abilities.
Waldorf Schools across the country are now implementing Competitive Overwatch into their art and academic programs, scrambling to replace extracurricular activities with Esport training. With a prize pool totaling an excess of 1 million dollars for the 2019 season, it is understandable why administrators are refocusing from fingerpainting to daily-scrimmages and mental-coaching sessions.
FIGHT on POINT has reached out to Blizzard Entertainment for more information regarding the new Division. Blizzard has yet to respond.
Update: The age requirement for Overwatch Contenders is 13 years of age. There is no written age requirement for Overwatch Open Division. The Age requirement for Overwatch League is 18 years of age.