Overwatch League has not even started and already we have some controversies surrounding this competition. Unfortunately for all Overwatch fans, one of the world’s best Overwatch teams, Rogue, has decided to end all Overwatch operations and to release their entire roster. In the last five or six months, many eSports organizations have dropped their Overwatch teams, but the Rogue’s exit from the competition is, without a doubt, the biggest shock and punch for Overwatch and Blizzard.
After Blizzard announced the format, the schedule, locations, and the teams that will be playing in the new competition, everybody believed that Blizzard has finally consolidated their efforts when it comes to the launch of Overwatch League. However, the case of Rogue proves that Blizzard is far from achieving that goal as many start to wonder once again what will happen with the competition once it starts.
Rogue no More
Rogue has been one of the most successful teams in the world when it comes to the title they won in Overwatch competition. Only in 2017, Rogue has won six different titles and no other team is even close to them. According to the Rogue’s officials, the team was not able to secure a spot in the Overwatch League even though they had the full amount of money that Blizzard demanded for a place in the competition.
Besides that, Rogue’s officials have also said that the team has gone through the entire approval process but apparently that was not enough for them to get the spot in the league. Because of that, team management decided to release their players and to end all Overwatch operations. According to some sources, Rogue tried to sell their entire roster to some other organization but they were not successful because two players, Terence ‘SoOn’ Tarlier and Benjamin ‘uNKOE’ Chevasson are reportedly very close to signing a contract with Immortals.
Other players from the team, Jean-Louis ‘KnOxXx’ Boyer, Michael ‘winz’ Bignet, Nicolas ‘NiCo’ Moret, and Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet are said to have been looking for the new team. However, considering that the player signing period will end on October 30, 2017, there is not a lot of time for them to find the right team.
It is still not sure whether Rogue has said permanent farewell to the competition or they were forced to release their roster because they featured some of the best players in the world who wanted to play in the Overwatch League. Team management has not said anything about that still but it is expected that the next couple of days will bring more information about this issue.
No Response from Blizzard
Just as we have got used to, Blizzard has kept silent about this issue. The accusations that Rogue’s management expressed are serious and they should not be unanswered to by Blizzard. The more time passes without Blizzard’s statement; more people will believe that there are some shady things going on with the sale of spots in the Overwatch League.
It is almost impossible to comprehend the thinking behind the decision of not giving a spot in Overwatch League to Rogue if they had fulfilled all the requirements because Rogue is without a doubt, one of the best Overwatch teams in the world.