Leaked Overwatch League Memo Removes Housing Requirement for Season 3, Confirms Soft Salary Cap

A leaked Overwatch League memo appears to withdraw the housing requirement for Season 3
A leaked Overwatch League memo appears to withdraw the housing requirement for Season 3

An Overwatch League memo leaked Wednesday will remove the requirement for teams to provide players with housing.

The memo, written by senior director for product strategy and business operations Jon Spector, was obtained and published by Dexerto. It states that although teams will no longer have to provide housing for players, opting not to do so will require that they submit a plan to help those players find housing themselves. That plan must be approved by the Overwatch League office.

Per Dexerto's sources, the memo is likely a response to anxiety among teams concerning the the rising cost of ownership as the league moves to a homestand model in Season 3. Teams will still need to cover accommodation costs during travel for events, including a per diem.

The memo goes on to state that financial reimbursement in place of housing won't contribute to the "Competitive Balance Tax" for the season. Per Dexerto, Blizzard adopted this term from Major League Baseball. The CBT acts as a soft salary cap or "luxury tax."

Blizzard has never before officially acknowledged the existence of the CBT or a similar rule, though London Spitfire general manager Susie Kim alluded to it in Sept. 2018 in now-deleted tweets.

Blizzard has yet to comment on the leaked memo.

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