Blizzard announces the Final Teams and start of Overwatch League Season One
POSTED BY Ralph Nicolo Manaloto ON September 21, 2017
Last July, Blizzard announced the first seven teams to sign in to the upcoming Overwatch League. Now, the League’s final teams are set! Season One of the Overwatch League will feature 12 teams, with the final three being based in Philadelphia, Dallas, and Houston.
Here is the final list of 12 teams/cities for the Overwatch League:
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Boston, Seoul, Shanghai, Los Angeles #2, London, Philadelphia, Houston, and Dallas.
Of the last three teams, two were bought in by established esports organizations. The Philadelphia slot was picked up by Comcast Spectacor, who are also the owners of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team.
“Comcast Spectacor is thrilled to play a central role in the Overwatch League’s inaugural season and energize the growing esports community in Philadelphia and beyond.”
Dave Scott, President and CEO of Comcast
The Dallas spot meanwhile, was bought in by Hersh Interactive Group, the main investor in Team EnVyUs.
“We are beyond excited to be joining the Overwatch League and helping to build the future of esports in Dallas.”
Mike Rufail, Owner and CEO of Team ENVY
Finally, the Houston slot was picked up by OpTic Gaming.
“It’s an absolute honor to represent the great city of Houston in the Overwatch League. This is another significant milestone in OpTic’s history and a testament to the loyal support of our fans. “
Hector Rodriguez, Owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming
Blizzard announcement did not end with the complete list of teams, as they’ve finally confirmed the starting date of the Overwatch League. The preseason will start on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The preseason will feature the League teams who will play in exhibition matches.
The season proper will start on Wednesday, January 10, 2018; the regular season games will run until June, while the playoffs and finals will be played on July.