Watch the second episode of our newest podcast, Esports Weekly, where Inven Global reporter, Parkes Ousley, hosts discussions around current happenings in the esports scene. In this week's episode, Parkes is joined by fellow Inven Global reporters, Nick Geracie and Chris Cuevo. They discuss the mass exodus of players from the Overwatch League as well as the ongoing situation surrounding TSM and their various conflicts of interest.
Chris Cuevo is an OWL expert, having covered the scene for years. He's developed strong relationships with many of the players and provides a depth of insight as to why many are leaving - and why the DPS players are specifically unsatisfied. Despite a role lock, guaranteeing two DPS heroes each game, many of those players still feel left out to dry and have not been able to enjoy the game enough to continue pursuing it as a career. VALORANT's launch has solved a lot of problems that the DPS role in Overwatch currently has, which is part of why many are leaving for Riot's new game.
Outside of OWL problems, TSM has been in the spotlight for much of the League of Legends Championship Series off-season this Spring. What started with a Riot Games investigation on a player acquisition for Yiliang "Peter" "Doublelift" Peng from Team Liquid later developed into a massive information breach, as Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett status within the team (and within the entire league) was leaked on a stream. So far, there has still been no official statement from Riot, TSM, the players' association, or otherwise.
Find the discussion of these issues here, as three industry veterans discuss their own thoughts and information shared by others in the scene.
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