It is not just Special offers for eSports players come to the test. Point esports has learned that the Justice Department has launched an antitrust investigation Overwatch League soft salary caps, which are supposed to prevent teams from buying their way to victory. The investigation is not criminal, so DE‘s sources, but DOJ trial attorney Kathleen Simpson Kiernan is reportedly wondering about the lack of a players union that would allow the league to take advantage of the same time off work that you find in conventional unionized sporting leagues.
The cap, which was never publicly disclosed, reportedly focuses on a “competitive balance sheet tax,” which effectively forces teams to pay twice if they exceed the salary cap – once for the players and again for the league to raise funds redistribute among other teams. That cap is slated to be $ 1.6 million in 2020, however DE understood that no team “naturally” exceeded this limit based on typical pro player odds.
Activision Blizzard did not elaborate on the investigation, but confirmed the basic investigation and said it “is cooperating accordingly.”
This investigation will not necessarily turn out to be a major upheaval Overwatch Competition scene. However, it suggests the growing importance of esports in the United States. Competitive gaming is so important now that player pay is a major issue for the officials, even if there are no major signs of trouble.
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