Blizzard’s Overwatch League is making big changes with player wellness in mind

Back in May, Vytis Lasaitis, head coach of the Overwatch League’s Florida Mayhem, took a temporary break from his duties, citing his personal well-being. “OWL is a frantic marathon,” he wrote. “While it’s mostly an exhilarating journey, it also pushes all competitors to the limit and brings a heavy burden. Figuratively speaking, I’ve had to wear a lot of different hats since the regular season began, and it has now caught up to me. I’ve been experiencing burnout and various health issues since stage two, but it’s something I chose to neglect for a long time.”

Lasaitis wasn’t the only one. Other players and teams suffered from the league’s demanding 40-match schedule, which saw clubs play two games every week with little room for…

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