Overwatch League 2021: When Does the Next Season Start?

Overwatch League will start in Spring 2021
Overwatch League will start in Spring 2021 | Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch League 2021 is rapidly approaching as fans bring in the new year. So, when does the new season start?

The 2018 Overwatch League season started on Jan. 10, while the 2019 season began on Feb. 14. This year's OWL kicked off on Feb. 8. Fans are eager to know when the next season will start and they will have to wait for awhile. In a statement video featuring the VP of Overwatch Esports, Jon Spector, it was stated that the league will start some time in the spring. No specific dates were mentioned.

Overwatch League 2021: When Does the Next Season Start?

The delay will give all OWL stakeholders "a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all of the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.” Because of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, OWL and Blizzard seem to take more careful approach for 2021. The Homestand system that was originally planned this year was abruptly cancelled and switched to an online tournament format. The regional tournaments such as May Melee, Summer Showdown, and Countdown Cup will make a comeback next season featuring an NA regional tournament and an APAC regional tournament. The league is still in discussions with OWL team organizations before announcing the final next year's regions.

This may come as a disappointment for some fans but with the ongoing pandemic, the delay seems to be understandable. Fortunately, Spector said that there will be off-season tournaments and OWL presence in BlizzCon Online on Feb. 19. Although there is no details about the tournament series, Spector mentioned that it will feature pro players. On top of that, there will be a series called Shock vs. The World featuring two-time Overwatch League champions San Francisco Shock taking on dream teams of players.