Where's the success? I mean I've not watched it because I fell out of love for OW between the scene "dying" and the OWL league starting but success isn't measured by viewers especially when you are essentially tricking people into viewing the league, remember when CS:GO had betting and the viewership numbers went crazy then died a fair bit when betting was banned?
It's easy to say OWL is a success when it has say 80k views yet when you are giving people free shit for being there it's not a fair reflection, I'm not a Twitch streamer but if I made a big song and dance about me starting a new stream where I gave away a ton of free shit I'm pretty sure my stream would be a success, but then what happens when I stop? if these figures are hard figures without folk taking advantage of free shit then fair enough but come on, did you not watch the EA Fifa 18 competition that gave away free shit for FUT where the chat was literally 18 thousand people spamming the giveway command?
Has it been a success financially? I mean it's easy to put on a league and have good viewers yet considering OWL is the most expensive league in the history of e-sports has it been a success? have all these big billionaire fellas made money from the first season? have they been blown away watching the same teams play each other umpteen timesI very much doubt it, so where's the success?
Has the OWL been any more special than say the APEX seasons? was it a lot better to watch than any OWL LAN before it? don't be so naive to judge the success of a season after 1 season where it's common for shit to go downhill rather than improve a great deal, unless Blizzard can keep coming out with free stuff to get people into the stream I'll be shocked if those numbers don't drop.
APEX had everything you've listed yet how many millions did that cost? let's see the success it has when there's more teams and people are flying around the other end of the world to play a bo3 of overwatch then flying back the way they came, how many miles will teams have to fly from the US to AUS for a game of OW?
I never really questioned where OWL would be a success but more the way it all came about, when you pump that much money into something it's hard to see how it won't work to some extent but OW outside of OWL is struggling to stay alive, when they announce an extra 4 teams or so for season 2 do you honestly expect 48 players to step into these 4 teams and be able to compete with the rest of the top OWL teams?
The gap is massive, the gap in the OWL was massive for Mayhem and the Dragons yet it's going to be even bigger in season 2 because the strength and depth isn't there to make a league this big with this many players. How many of these Contender teams do you expect to roll into OWL and compete with the top dogs?