The latest details regarding Overwatch's upcoming Overwatch League have been revealed by Blizzard, confirming the eSports league's starting date and three final participating teams. That brings the total number of teams to twelve and sets the stage for the first official season of Overwatch League, pending the completion of the Overwatch Contenders' first season and the Overwatch World Cup 2017 at BlizzCon. Mark your calendars for the inaugural Overwatch League season, starting January.
To kick off the Overwatch League, Blizzard will be hosting a pre-season event a month after BlizzCon. On December 6 a series of exhibition Overwatch matches will be held, allowing all of the new Overwatch League players and teams to show off their strengths. The official season starts January 10, 2018, lasting through June. That's a whole six months of Overwatch League play, followed by the league's playoffs and finals in July.
An official schedule for the Overwatch League, as well as the opening of ticket sales, will be released in the months to come.
In addition to announcing the starting date for the Overwatch League, Blizzard also revealed the three final teams participating. Nine teams have previously been introduced and today's additions will complete the set. Welcome to the Overwatch League OpTiC Gaming, Team Envy, and Comcast Spectacor, representing Houston, Dallas, and Philadelphia respectively.
Here are the twelve Overwatch League teams, along with their owners:
- Boston - The Kraft Group (Robert Kraft)
- New York City - Sterling.VC (Jeff Wilpon)
- San Francisco - NRG Esports (Andy Miller)
- Los Angeles - Immortals (Noah Whinston)
- Miami/Orlando - Misfits (Ben Spoont)
- Shanghai - NetEase
- Seoul - Kabam (Kevin Chou)
- London - Cloud9 (Jack Etienne)
- Los Angeles - Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (Stan and Josh Kroenke)
- Philadelphia - Comcast Spectacor *New*
- Dallas - Team Envy *New*
- Houston - OpTiC Gaming *New*
The three new Overwatch League teams can begin signing players immediately, as the official player signing window began on August 1.
Stay tuned for more information on the Overwatch League including rosters, schedule, ticket sales and more in the months to come. With pre-season starting in early December, the Overwatch League's loose ends are going to be tied up very quickly. Overwatch eSports' next chapter has almost arrived.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.