The Checkpoint - Overwatch League Could be Worth $100 Million or More Per Year

by Kevin Knocke

Today on The Checkpoint, the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • Dota 2 is back in swing with the Dota 2 Asia Championship taking place. In Group A, OG dominated on day 1 going 4-0-0 to start the action, securing a spot in the Winner's Bracket. Wings Gaming is 2-0-2, Team Empire is 2-1-1, LGD.Forever Young is 1-1-2, Team VG.J comes in at 0-2-2, and Team Faceless put up a disappointing 0-2-2 with high expectations for the team.

    Group B has Invictus Gaming on top at 2-2-0, Team NP is 1-3-0, Evil Geniuses are 1-2-1, Newbee sits at 1-1-2, iG Vitality is 1-1-2, and Team Liquid has not been able to win a match yet at 0-3-1.
  • The Super Smash Bros. Wii U 2GGC: Civil War event - the largest by prize pool ever for the game - had a ton of surprises. Top player Team SoloMid's ZeRo finished a career worst 49th after dropping sets to Xzax and Luhtie, and MKLeo finished 65th after losing to Meteor and Ac.

    Dabuz from Team Renegades took the event and claimed $10,363.80 by beating Fly Society's Fatality who finished 2nd with a $3,717.45 prize.
  • In League of Legends, the LCK started its 10th and final week of regular season Spring Split action, with major playoff implications decided in games today. bbq OLIVERS defeated Kongdoo Monster 2-1 and the afreeca Freecs beat Jin Air Green Wings 2-0 to ensure the OLIVERS would avoid the Summer Promotion tournament while the Green Wings will have to fight their way through.
  • The TCL Chinese Theater is going to be turning an auditorium in the theater into a possible esports broadcast and tournament viewing area as part of their ongoing renovations to the complex. This could serve as a model for small to mid-size markets that want a dedicated esports viewing area yet don't want to build a dedicated structure for it yet.
  • Mad Catz has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange due to sustained low prices for their stock and repeated losses for the company over the years. Mad Catz had attempted to revive itself by investing into high quality Rock Band 4 equipment in addition to their core fighting game and console peripherals, but the music game genre never really made a significant comeback.
  • In Overwatch news, Morgan Stanley, according to DotEsports, has predicted that the Overwatch League could make over $100 million annually (up to a projected best case scenario $720 million a year) given the price of broadcast rights that they could leverage.

Steven Cropley joins later in the show to discuss the most recent WWG CS:GO Team Rankings, including whether or not No. 15 HellRaisers are a significant threat or a flash in the pan.