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Blizzard reveals Overwatch League player salaries and contract status

Blizzard reveals Overwatch League player salaries and contract status

The official Overwatch League website has revealed information on the contracts of all players for this off-season. While some players remain under contract, others are free agents. We also learned of their average salaries!

Blizzard reveals Overwatch League player salaries and contract status

The 2019 Overwatch League season is over, it is now time to think about next season! The official Overwatch League website has revealed a lot of information about players' contracts for all teams. Let's find out all about it in detail!


In 2019, the average player earned $114,000. This figure includes a base salary of $97,000, plus prize money ($16,000) and signing bonuses ($1,000). The median player salary was $80,000, while the minimum player salary was $50,000.

Player status

On Monday, October 7, players who are no longer under contract will be available for all teams. Free agents from all teams are all talented players, and for the most part, they are likely to find a new roster fairly quickly.

Three contract status are possible:

  • Free agents — players can be signed by any team.
  • Under contract — players are signed with their current team.
  • Team option — teams have until November 11 to sign a player before he officially became free agent.



Atlanta Reign

  • Andrej “Babybay” Francisty (DPS) — Team option
  • Dong-Hyung “Daco” Seo (Tank) — Team option
  • Dustinn “Dogman” Bowerman (Support) — Team option
  • Jun “Erster” Jeong (DPS) — Team option
  • Nathan “Frd” Goebel (Tank) — Team option
  • Daniel “Funnyastro” Hathaway (Support) — Under contract
  • Blake “Gator” Scott (Tank) — Team option
  • Petja “Masaa” Kantanen (Support) — Team option
  • Ilya “Nlaaer” Koppalov (DPS) — Team option
  • Hyeon-Jun “Pokpo” Park (Tank) — Team option

With the team's good results, changes in this off-season should not be numerous.


Boston Uprising

  • Min-Seok “Aimgod” Kwon (Support) — Free agent
  • Renan “Alemao” Moretto (Support) — Team option
  • Min-Seob “Axxiom” Park (Tank) — Under contract
  • Jeffrey “Blasé” Tsang (DPS) — Under contract
  • Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse (DPS) — Under contract
  • Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth (Tank) — Under contract
  • Kristian “Kellex” Keller (Support) — Free agent
  • Zion “Persia” Yang (Support) — Team option
  • Richard “RCK” Kanerva (Tank) — Team option
  • Do-Hyung “Stellar” Lee (DPS) — Team option

There are two free agents in the team and a lot of changes are probably planned for the team. Gunba and Shake recently left the team, while iLka joined Boston as Assistant Coach.


Chengdu Hunter

  • Menghan “Ameng” Ding (Tank) — Under contract
  • Tzu-Heng “Baconjack” Lo (DPS) — Under contract
  • Wenjie “Elsa” Lou (Tank) — Under contract
  • Li “Garry” Guan (Support) — Under contract
  • Hu “Jinmu” Yi (DPS) — Under contract
  • Yansong “Jiqiren” Wei (Tank) — Under contract
  • Chunting “Kyo” Kong (Support) — Under contract
  • Tianbin “Lateyoung” Ma (Tank) — Under contract
  • Zhihao “Yangxiaolong” Zhang (DPS) — Under contract
  • Xianyao “Yveltal” Li (Support) — Under contract

12th this season, all Chengdu players remain under contract. Exchanges and modifications of the roster remain possible, in order to adapt for the next season.


Dallas Fuel

  • Dylan “AKM” Bignet (DPS) — Under contract
  • Won-Sik “Closer” Jung (Support) — Under contract
  • Jonathan “Harryhook” Tejedor Rua (Support) — Under contract
  • Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod (Tank) — Under contract
  • Lucas “Note” Meissner (Tank) — Free agent
  • Min-Seok “OGE” Son (Tank) — Under contract
  • Timo “Taimou” Kettunen (DPS) — Under contract
  • Ash “Trill” Powell (Tank) — Under contract
  • Benjamin “Unkoe” Chevasson (Support) — Under contract
  • Zachary “Zachareee” Lombardo (DPS) — Under contract

Dallas has one of the biggest fan bases of this OWL, but also some of the most recognized players. From Taimou to Zachareee, through aKm, many talents are present in the team. They have been unsuccessful this season, and may experience some changes.


Florida Mayhem

  • Sang-Bum “Bqb” Lee (DPS) — Team option
  • Seong-Joo “Byrem” Lee (Support) — Team option
  • Yong-Jun “DPI” Choi (DPS) — Team option
  • Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Beom-Jun “Gargoyle” Lee (Tank) — Team option
  • Hyeon-Woo “Hagopeun” Jo (Support) — Team option
  • San-Ha “Karayan” Choi (Tank) — Team option
  • Jun-Su “Kris” Choe (Support) — Team option
  • Jae-Ho “Rain” Park (Support) — Team option
  • Jeong-Woo “Sayaplayer” Ha (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Sang-Won “Swon” Yoon (Tank) — Team option
  • Jaemo “Xepher” Koo (Tank) — Team option

Despite a total change of roster, the team remains at the end of the ranking. We should note a good performance in Stage 4 with the arrival of the role queue. The team could hope to keep the majority of its players for next season.


Guangzhou Charge

  • Aaron “Bischu” Kim (Tank) — Free agent
  • Jeong-Yeon “Chara” Kim (Support) — Under contrat
  • Yiliang “Eileen” Ou (DPS) — Team option
  • Joona “Fragi” Laine (Tank) — Free agent
  • Jeong-Woo “Happy” Lee (DPS) — Team option
  • Hong-Jun “Hotba” Choi (Tank) — Free agent
  • Charlie “Nero” Zwarg (DPS) — Team option
  • Lizhen “Onlywish” Chen (Support) — Team option
  • Seung-Pyo “Rio” Oh (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Won-Jae “Rise” Lee (Support) — Team option
  • Jin-Seo “Shu” Kim (Support) — Team option

9th in the overall ranking, Guangzhou had an excellent Stage with the new 2-2-2 comp. Some changes may be interesting for the team, but its roster already looks pretty solid!


Hangzhou Spark

  • Jae-Hwan “Adora” Kang (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Jun-Ki “Bazzi” Park (DPS) — Team option
  • Hee-Chang “Bebe” Yoon (Support) — Under contrat
  • Kyeong-Bo “Godsb” Kim (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Qiulin “Guxue” Xu (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Ho-Jin “IDK” Park (Support) — Under contrat
  • Shilong “Krystal” Cai (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Da-Un “Nosmite” Jung (Tank) — Team option
  • Sung-Wook “Ria” Park (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Sang-Hyun “Sasin” Song (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Qinhao “Zijin” Chen (Tank) — Team option

Hangzhou starts this off-season with a solid and consistent roster. Some improvements are possible, but we may find a good part of the team next year!


Houston Outlaws

  • Won-Hyeop “Arhan” Jung (DPS) — Free agent
  • Christopher “Bani” Benell (Support) — Free agent
  • Daniel “Boink” Pence (Support) — Free agent
  • Matt “Coolmatt” Iorio (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Dante “Danteh” Cruz (DPS) — Team option
  • Jake “Jake” Lyon (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Jiri “Linkzr” Masalin (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Austin “Muma” Wilmot (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty (Support) — Under contrat
  • Alexandre “Spree” Vanhomwegen (Tank) — Under contrat

Houston had a hard time this season, despite a decent performance in Stage 3. Changes are foreseeable!


Los Angeles Gladiators

  • Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni (Support) — Team option
  • Gui-Un “Decay” Jang (DPS) — Team option
  • João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles (DPS) — Free agent
  • Byong-Ho “Panker” Lee (Tank) — Team option
  • Riku “Ripa” Toivanen (Support) — Team option
  • Chang-Hoon “Roar” Gye (Tank) — Team option
  • Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara (Support) — Team option
  • Lane “Surefour” Roberts (DPS) — Free agent
  • Jun-Woo “Void” Kang (Tank) — Free agent

Gladiators have finished twice in Playoffs this season. Ranked 5th overall, they are not missing much to become one of the most dominant teams in the league.


Los Angeles Valiant

  • Brady “Agilities” Girardi (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy (Support) — Under contrat
  • Russell “Fctfctn” Campbell (Tank) — Team option
  • Young-Seo “Kariv” Park (Support) — Under contrat
  • Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey (Tank) — Team option
  • Johannes “Shax” Nielson (DPS) — Team option
  • Indy “Space” Halpern (Tank) — Under contrat

Space, Kariv, KSF and Custa were the strong elements of this roster this season. With Custa's leadership and a few additions during off-season, they will be able to look forward to an excellent 2020 season.


London Spitfire

  • Seung-Tae “Bdosin” Choi (Support) — Under contrat
  • Ji-Hyeok “Birdring” Kim (DPS) — Free agent
  • Jun-Ho “Fury” Kim (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Jae-Hui “Gesture” Hong (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Hee-Dong “Guard” Lee (DPS) — Free agent
  • Young-Hoon “Krillin” Jeong (Support) — Under contrat
  • Jong-Seok “Nus” Kim (Support) — Free agent
  • Jun-Young “Profit” Park (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Ji-Hoon “Quatermain” Song (Support) — Team option

A part of the roster being already gone, inaugural season champions need a change! Their stars — Profit, Fury and Gesture — will be the cornerstones of their future line-up.


New York Excelsior

  • Tae-Sung “Anamo” Jung (Support) — Under contrat
  • Yeon-Oh “Fl0w3r” Hwang (DPS) — Team option
  • Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang (Support) — Under contrat
  • Hae-Seong “Libero” Kim (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Tae-Hong “Meko” Kim (Tank) — Free agent
  • Yeon-Gwan “Nenne” Jeong (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Jong-Ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park (DPS) — Under contrat

NYXL remains one of the dominant teams in the OWL. They just need a little punch to win it all! Be careful though, Meko could be recruited elsewhere... A new support could strengthen the team and uphold Anamo and Jjonak.


Paris Eternal

  • Benjamin “Benbest” Dieulafait (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Karol “Danye” Szcześniak (DPS) — Team option
  • Finnbjörn “Finnsi” Jónasson (Tank) — Team option
  • Luís “Greyy” Perestrelo (Support) — Team option
  • Damien “Hyp” Souville (Support) — Under contrat
  • Harrison “Kruise” Pond (Support) — Team option
  • Roni “Lhcloudy” Tiihonen (Tank) — Team option
  • Nicolas “Nicogdh” Moret (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Georgii “Shadowburn” Gushcha (DPS) — Team option
  • Terence “Soon” Tarlier (DPS) — Under contrat

Paris made a correct entry into the OWL. Finishing 14th, they lacked little to reach each stage playoffs. A few additions to strengthen the team and prepare for the next meta would be a must.


Philadelphia Fusion

  • Isaac “Boombox” Charles (Support) — Under contrat
  • Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee (DPS) — Free agent
  • Elijah “Elk” Gallagher (Support) — Team option
  • Josue “Eqo” Corona (DPS) — Free agent
  • Finley “Kyb” Adisi (DPS) — Team option
  • Alberto “Neptuno” González Molinillo (Support) — Free agent
  • Gael “Poko” Gouzerch (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Su-Min “Sado” Kim (Tank) — Free agent
  • Simon “Snillo” Ekström (DPS) — Free agent

If Poko remains under contract, many of the team's players are free agents! Carp, Eqo, Neptuno, Sado and Snillo may not be in the roster next year. The team needs to solidify its hard core and add some good elements to get back into the shape that made it finish in the Grand Finals of the inaugural season.


San Francisco Shock

  • Min-Ho “Architect” Park (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Hyo-Bin “Choihyobin” Choi (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Grant “Moth” Espe (Support) — Under contrat
  • Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson (Tank) — Free agent
  • Dong-Jun “Rascal” Kim (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Jay “Sinatraa” Won (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Myeong-Hwan “Smurf” Yoo (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Nam-Ju “Striker” Gwon (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Matthew “Super” DeLisi (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Min-Ki “Viol2t” Park (Support) — Under contrat

Champions of the season, they are serene for the coming season.


Seoul Dynasty

  • Dong-Eon “Fits” Kim (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Byung-Sun “Fleta” Kim (DPS) — Team option
  • Sung-Hyuk “Highly” Lee (Support) — Under contrat
  • Je-Min “Illicit” Park (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Seung-Soo “Jecse” Lee (Support) — Under contrat
  • Min-Seo “Marve1” Hwang (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Min-Hyuk “Michelle” Choi (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Je-Hong “Ryujehong” Ryu (Support) — Free agent
  • Jin-Mo “Tobi” Yang (Support) — Free agent
  • Joon-Hyeok “Zunba” Kim (Tank) — Free agent

Seoul is likely to attract many big players this year. They remain the only South Korean team and with the many homestands that will arrive in 2020, their appeal should increase even further.


Shanghai Dragons

  • Gyeong-Woo “Coma” Son (Support) — Team option
  • Jin-Hyeok “Dding” Yang (DPS) — Team option
  • Min-Sung “Diem” Bae (DPS) — Team option
  • Weida “Diya” Lu (DPS) — Team option
  • Kang-Jae “Envy” Lee (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Young-Jin “Gamsu” Noh (Tank) — Free agent
  • Se-Yeon “Geguri” Kim (Tank) — Team option
  • Min-Chul “Izayaki” Kim (Support) — Under contrat
  • Sung-Hyeon “Luffy” Yang (Support) — Team option
  • Young-Jin “Youngjin” Jin (DPS) — Team option

Shanghai starts this off-season with multiple questions. With ups and downs this season, many changes are likely to happen again in the team.


Toronto Defiant

  • Jae-Yoon “Aid” Ko (Support) — Team option
  • Daniel “Gods” Graeser (Tank) — Team option
  • Jin ”Im37” Hong (DPS) — Team option
  • Seung-Hyun “Ivy” Lee (DPS) — Team option
  • Andreas “Logix” Berghmans (DPS) — Team option
  • Laim “Mangachu” Campbell (DPS) — Team option
  • Se-Hyun “Neko” Park (Support) — Team option
  • Joo-Sung “Roky” Park (Support) — Team option
  • Normunds “Sharyk” Faterins (Tank) — Team option
  • Kyeong-Mu “Yakpung” Cho (Tank) — Team option

Toronto has had a very difficult season. Many roster changes have taken place including the departure of most of their coaching staff and Bishop — one of the keys to London Spitfire's victory in the inaugural season.


Vancouver Titans

  • Sang-Beom “Bumper” Park (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Hyo-Jong “Haksal” Kim (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Dong-Eun “Hooreg” Lee (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Hyun-Woo “Jjanu” Choi (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Jun-Keun “Rapel” Kim (Support) — Team option
  • Min-Soo “Seominsoo” Seo (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Seong-Jun “Slime” Kim (Support) — Under contrat
  • Chung-Hee “Stitch” Lee (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Jang-Hyun “Tizi” Hwang (Tank) — Team option
  • Ju-Seok “Twilight” Lee (Support) — Under contrat

Without San Francisco Shock, they would be the big champions of the season. Changing this winning team would be a mistake, although adding an extra talent can't hurt!


Washington Justice

  • Gi-Hyeon "Ado" Chon (DPS) — Free agent
  • Yeon-Jun “Ark” Hong (Support) — Free agent
  • Corey “Corey” Nigra (DPS) — Under contrat
  • Elliot “Ellivote” Vaneryd (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Gido “Gido” Moon (Support) — Team option
  • Hyeon-Woo "Hyeonu" Jo (Support) — Free agent
  • Joon-Hwa "Janus" Song (Tank) — Free agent
  • Lukas “Lullsish” Wiklund (Tank) — Under contrat
  • Hyang-Gi "Sansam" Kim (Tank) — Free agent
  • Nikola “Sleepy” Andrews (Support) — Free agent
  • Ethan “Stratus” Yankel (DPS) — Team option

For a long time, they thought that they would be the new Shanghai Dragons this season. Sticking at the bottom of the ranking, they surprised everyone with their 4th place during Stage 4. If they can make their tanks and supports as strong as Corey and Stratus have been as DPS, they will shine during 2020 season!

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