Overwatch League Reveals 2020 Roster Rules

The Overwatch League revealed roster rules for the 2020 season. The league also showed new dates and cut-offs the teams will have to abide by if they want to play.

The biggest change seemed based on two-way player contracts.

Here are all the key dates:

  • Sept. 30, 2019: "Signing window opens for teams to exercise team options on existing player contracts, negotiate extensions with currently signed players, or sign players from their affiliated academy team competing in Contenders."
  • Oct. 7, 2019: "Teams that have completed exercising (or declining) all existing contract options may submit free-agent player contracts to the League Office for approval. Teams may also submit player trades for approval."
  • Nov. 11, 2019: "2019 season agreements officially end. Any players not under contract into the 2020 season become free agents. In order to facilitate these players signing with new teams before the initial roster deadline, those players set to become free agents in November are permitted to discuss contracts with other teams before their 2019 contracts formally expire."
  • Nov. 15, 2019: "Deadline for all teams to have a minimum of eight players under contract. Teams may sign or trade players until June 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. PT."

Players who were born on or before June 15, 2002, are eligible to sign Overwatch League contracts for the 2020 season. Although, the main focus is on two-way players. "Any player on the roster may agree to be eligible for Contenders play, but a maximum of four players may be designated as “two-way” players at any given time."

Teams will have more room to explore larger rosters and utilize players easier from their Contenders team. This should create a better farm system for teams and growing talent from within.

Season 2 ends Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for the Grand Finals.

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