Splyce will be the fifth Overwatch squad to disband their roster in the space of two weeks after less than a year of activity.
Having formed June last year, the Splyce Overwatch roster was captained by support Bradford “PYYYOUR” Ross. While they struggled to score major tournament successes, the team were mostly able to put in strong open cup performances with five grand finals and three golds.
However, news of their prompt disbandment came as announced by co-founder Marty Strenczewilk on youtube.
“From adequate results to some more adequate results to a team that has the potential to break through obscurity into true high level play, it has been a truly fun ride,” Strenczewilk said.
“(However) the environment is changing and organizations and players must adapt appropriately. Wish our team was competing in OWL or a subset below the “premier” league, but for now, that will not be the case. Thanks to the organization, fans, and players, past and present. I wish you the best.”
Splyce’s disbandment comes after Denial Esports own on May 2, soon followed quickly by REd Reserve, Team SoloMid and compLexity, and the major issues which moved the hand of Strenczewilk and his respective counterparts had been dude to the Overwatch League (OWL) — Bliazzard’s major LAN circuit for Overwatch.
Rumours indicated that buy-in fees up into the league are within the ranges of $2M-$15M range — expensive for all endemic esports brands — but those numbers might be raised as ESPN reported that teams are being asked for a “$20 million franchise fee” into a buy-in league that doesn’t guarantee teams “revenue sharing until after 2021 and only if Blizzard meets certain criteria”.