Philadelphia Fusion is not participating in Overwatch League Pre-Season

Only eleven teams will participate in the Overwatch League pre-season show matches, as Comcast-owned League team Philaldelphia Fusion has announced that they will not play in the pre-season show matches. The main reason that the team cited is logistics issues.

Their confirmation of not participating in the Overwatch League does not bode well for the Philly squad; especially as this announcement came just days after one of their players, SuMin “SADO” Kim, was banned for account boosting. Though they did reassure fans that their preparations for Season 1 of Overwatch League is still going according to plan.

One reason for their logistics issues could be US visas as their team consists of players from a wide range of countries–South Korea, Finland, Israel, Russia, Canada, Spain, France, and the UK. Though their non-participation is surprising as they weren’t able to at least bring six player form their team, as six players is the minimum amount to participate in the pre-season show matches.

Because Philadelphia Fusion is not participating, the San Francisco Shock will replace them in the first pre-season match versus Florida Mayhem. The replacement teams for Fusion’s subsequent matches will be announced during the pre-season tournament.

The Overwatch League pre-season starts this Thursday, December 7 (PHT), while the Inaugural season will start on January 11, 2018.