Blizzard finally released more information on the upcoming Overwatch League. The developer revealed that major cities worldwide will be getting their own Overwatch-teams, if an entrepreneur decides to invest in one that is. The first seven cities to gain a spot in the Overwatch League have been revealed, along with the corresponding investor. Those investors are:
-Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)
-Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
-Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
-Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
-Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
-William Ding, CEO of NetEase (Shanghai)
-Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul)
As you can see, some prominent leaders from both regular and esports-organisations have decided to join in on the League. During the first season matches will be held at an esports arena in Los Angeles, but in following seasons of the tournament teams will be able to compete on their own hometurf, as well as away-matches at the venues of the other competitors. Matches will be played each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Information about the tickets and the starting date of the Overwatch League are yet to be revealed, so stay tuned for that.
Every team wil receive a share from the revenue of the Overwatch League, along with all of the income generated by their home-matches up to a certain sum of money. On top of that, each team is allowed to organise five local amateur-tournaments a year. Half of the income from these tournaments is shared between all teams.
While we still don’t know exactly when the Overwatch League will take place and which players we’ll be seeing, it’s good to know more about the plans and structure for the upcoming tournament. If Blizzard manages to deliver the quality we’ve come to expect from them, the future of competitive Overwatch is looking brighter than ever!