Jess Colwill, October 24, 2016

Bobby Kotick Confirms Overwatch League

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, has outlined some (admittedly vague) plans to capitalize on the astronomical growth of esports viewership.

Speaking with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Kotick outlined that the company would soon be investing in a professional Overwatch league, something he referred to as "professional content."

"We're organizing around teams and leagues," said Kotick. "You will have the Overwatch League which will have a certain number of teams. Those teams will be a combination of professional sports teams as owners and endemic sports teams as owners."

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Kotick noted at the event that esports viewership numbers, which he rated at more than 100 million, now outnumbered that of the NFL and the NBA combined.

The subject of virtual reality and augmented reality technology also came up at the event, with Kotick saying that Activision Blizzard would not be launching any VR products "until we feel like we are pushing the art form forward."

"I think there will always be an opportunity for specialized hardware that is dedicated to the gaming experience, I don't see that going away anytime soon. But, you have so many things that are enhancing the game experience, whether its AR or VR," he noted.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.