OWL 2020 roster construction rules
The Overwatch League released their rules on roster construction for the 2020 season earlier this afternoon. The rules featured key deadlines during the offseason as well as rules for academy teams and two-way contracted players.
On September 30 the signing window opens up for teams to exercise team options on existing players currently under contract, negotiate contract extensions, and sign players from their respective academy teams.
On October 7 teams that have completed exercising existing contract options can submit free-agent player contracts for league approval. Player trades can be submitted for league approval.
2019 season agreements come to a close on November 11. Any players no longer under contract into the 2020 season officially become free agents.
All teams must have a minimum of 8 players under contract by November 15. Teams are free to sign and trade players until June 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. PT.
Players must be born on or before June 15, 2002, in order to sign Overwatch League contracts for the 2020 season.
Some Contenders guidelines from the 2019 season remained unchanged including the 8 player roster cap, Contenders player buyout fees, and blackout windows to help minimize disruption leading into Contenders playoffs.
In 2020, academy teams affiliated with an OWL organization must compete in the same geographic region as their parent team. Teams must have a meaningful local infrastructure in place. Failing to do so may result in an academy team losing their benefits including their right to match player contract offers.
Academy teams have “right to match” clauses granting their parent team the right to match any contract offer from a competing Overwatch League team looking to sign a Contenders academy player. After the initial contract submissions the match period is limited to 7 days.
Up to 4 two-way players can be used during 2020, up from two allowed in the 2019 season. Two-way players will lose Contenders eligibility for a 60-day period should they appear in more than 2 OWL matches within a 30-day period. Should the two-way player compete in more than 50% of the team’s total maps played in the 2020 OWL season they’ll be ineligible to compete in Contenders during the offseason.
OWL rookies and players who competed in fewer than 2 OWL matches in Stage 4 may compete in Contenders prior to the start of the 2020 OWL season.