Posted 17th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The first-ever Overwatch League (OWL) is coming to an end, but Blizzard Entertainment already has plans in the future for upcoming tournaments and it includes exciting opportunities for professional players and fans residing in major cities. OWL is set to move franchises and tours to teams’ home cities by 2020, alongside the launch of the third season.
Blizzard has not yet decided how the Overwatch teams will travel, but a roadshow that would have all teams in a division travel is on the table. Participants might essentially tour regions of the world if the OWL organization approved and finalized the plans. In this proposed model, the Pacific Division teams would travel through the Midwestern United States, the West Coast of the U.S., and then through Asian cities. Atlantic Division teams, on the other hand, would travel through the East Coast of the U.S. then to Europe. Each division in OWL Season 1 is currently split in two with Texas in the middle. Houston plays in the Atlantic Division and Dallas is considered the Pacific Division.
In preparation for Season 3’s new model, several teams have explored partnerships and acquired own venues as potential options for their home locations. In April, NRG Esports, the parent of the San Francisco Shock, partnered with University of California at Berkeley. Team ownership groups like Kraft Group, Wilpon family, and Comcast Spectacor have invested in local venues for Philadelphia Fusion, Boston Uprising, and New York Excelsior.
There are more updates and changes for OWL Season 3 in the future. Blizzard has all the time in their hands since the release is set on 2020. According to Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer on ESPN: “We look forward to announcing details on the Overwatch League’s format for later seasons in the future. Together with our teams, we are evaluating a range of format options to realize the full potential of our global league. Based on the tremendous response we’ve seen from fans in local markets, including the growth of local supporters’ clubs and Overwatch League watch parties all over the world, it’s clear that there’s a high demand from fans to connect with Overwatch League teams in their home markets, and our goal has always been to move to a home-and-away format as soon as possible.”
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