Philadelphia Fusion is not participating in Overwatch League Pre-Season
POSTED BY Ralph Nicolo Manaloto ON December 5, 2017
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.
Due to player logistics issues the Fusion will be absent from OWL preseason matches. Preparations for the regular season remain on track, as our players and coaches from 10 nations continue to scrimmage and work hard (1/2)
— Philadelphia Fusion (@PHL_Fusion) December 5, 2017
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.