The Overwatch League aspires to be the pinnacle of global, professional esports competition. As such, it is imperative that the league’s rules be clear and comprehensive. Since the league’s inception, teams and players have been provided with the Overwatch League Official Rules. Today we are sharing a summary of those rules for the 2018 season.
The Overwatch League’s Official Rules include a stringent Code of Conduct, which all players, team managers, and owners must follow. The Code of Conduct is designed to ensure the integrity of the game; to safeguard the public image of the league, its players, teams, and owners; and to provide a competitive game environment that is free from harassment and discrimination.
Among other things, the Code of Conduct requires that team members and owners:
- observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship;
- compete to the best of their skill and ability at all times;
- comply with all applicable laws at all times;
- not engage in any activity or practice which brings him or her into public disrepute or scandal;
- not engage in any form of harassment or discrimination;
- not place bets on any games, matches, or tournaments involving Overwatch;
- not make any false, defamatory, libelous, or slanderous remarks, comments, or statements; and
- not use or attempt to use any bugs or exploits in Overwatch.
The Overwatch League Office has broad discretion to investigate alleged violations of the Official Rules and to impose discipline for any violations. League discipline may include, among other things, informal or formal warnings, public reprimands, fines, suspensions, and permanent bans.
The Overwatch League Office is committed to enforcing the Official Rules swiftly and fairly, allowing for sufficient investigation and an opportunity to be heard and present evidence. We appreciate the support of our team members, owners, and Overwatch League fans as we continue to build a truly global, professional, and egalitarian league.