Blizzard: Address the Diversity Problem in Overwatch League
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The newly-launched Overwatch League (OWL) is an esports league consisting of 12 teams located around the world. It's a huge financial investment for Activision Blizzard and the individual teams, with a minimum required investment of $20 million per team—teams in larger markets had to pay more.
It was also recently reported that Twitch had agreed to pay $90 million for the rights to stream OWL.
With all this investment and planning, why did no one think about the fact that all of the teams have only male players on them?
This is not just an oversight, because the Overwatch team has repeatedly claimed that diversity is crucial to the game's development and success.
This is a deliberate exclusion, and it needs to be addressed.
We don't want a token team to take on a token woman. We want a public response from Blizzard that contains a roadmap to fixing the problem. We want transparency in team tryouts and accountability from league management. There is absolutely no reason for this to be happening in 2018 in a league that was constructed from the ground up.
Tons of talented women, trans, and non-binary gamers are out there looking for a chance to compete. And if you're going to claim that your game champions diversity, then they deserve their place in it, too.
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