Posted 10th August 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The inaugural season of the Overwatch League has set the bar high for all esports tournaments. After 20 weeks of non-stop competitions halfway through the year, London Spitfire emerged victorious over the 11 teams representing their cities. But only a few weeks after the conclusion and still fresh from the success of the first season, Blizzard Entertainment already signed two new teams for next year. Esports professional teams from Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou China will make their debut at OWL’s 2019 season.
Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues chief Pete Vlastelica acknowledged that the OWL’s season 1 was a success, and the organization behind it is already excited to expand the tournament next season in hopes to bring the league to bigger audiences across the globe. The expansion will, of course, start with Atlanta and Guangzhou.
“We know Atlanta and Guangzhou have deeply engaged fan communities and we can’t wait to unveil their teams. As the league continues to grow, we’re looking forward to seeing more talented pros in action as more roster spots open up.” Nate Nanzer, the Overwatch League commissioner, revealed in a press release.
The two teams will face the original 12 groups from the previous season, with London Spitfire, Philadelphia Fusion, New York Excelsior, and Los Angeles Valiant as the current dominating teams. Surprisingly, there’s also a chance the the two will compete against another pair of OWL teams and new entries as Blizzard Entertainment is reportedly eyeing to add four more teams next year. In fact, rumor has it that one other potential contender is Paris, France. All details about the total number of new teams, including names and rosters will be announced soon, probably on or after the All-Star Weekend at the end of August.
The new roster addition also calls for new esports team owners and franchises as well. The OWL has a total of three companies joining the growing list of sponsors placing their money behind the thriving industry of esports. Cox Enterprises, communications and automotive services company, and Province Inc., a financial advisory firm, are joining the league to establish Atlanta Esports Ventures and to represent the Atlanta team. The Guangzhou team, on the other hand, will solely be supported by NenKing Group, a Chinese financial and entertainment company. The company has already landed ownership over the Guangzhou Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
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