Activision has announced information on seven franchises that will participate in the Overwatch League. These include five in the United States and two in Asia.
The organizations that have entered into the Overwatch League paid $20 million each to get in. This was the general buy-in for entering into the league.
A number of prominent organizations support seven teams. These include a few that operate major sports franchises. Also, the locations in particular are in some of the more prominent sites for eSports competitions.
Where Are the Teams?
In the United States, the five teams that will participate from that region teams. These teams will settle in New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The New York and Boston teams had been announced earlier. Sterling Equities will run the New York team. This is a firm that operates the New York Mets baseball team. Robert Kraft owns the Boston team. Robert is also the owner of the New England Patriots football team.
Immortials and NRG eSports groups run the Los Angeles and San Francisco teams. Misfits is another eSports group. Miami Heat basketball team supports this eSports group. It will run the Miami franchise.
The two Asian franchises are in Seoul and Shanghai. Kevin Chou own the Seoul club. Kevin is the founder and original owner of the Kabam mobile gaming group. NetEase runs the Shangai team. NetEase is a prominent online technology company based out of China.
Initial members of the league are the seven clubs. At the beginning seven teams will be running. There have not been any reports at the moment as to whether there will be any other teams coming about for the inaugural season although it is uncertain as to whether this will be finalized for the 2017 year.
Details on who will be participating on each team have not been released yet. Plans for figuring out who will be on each team will be figured out in the next few weeks. Part of this especially focuses on the tournaments. Teams will host tournaments as a means of figuring out who can compete for each of these teams.
They will announce the precise launch date for the Overwatch League. The regular season games for the league are expected to be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Teams can run up to five amateur tournaments in their particular regions with a general intention for finding competitors who can participate in the event.
Los Angeles is host to the first season of the league. This is to accommodate teams who are already there. It will be also improving how teams from both the United States and Asia are able to participate in the league.
Activision Blizzard has been promoting the new league with the intention of it starting later this year. The group aired a commercial for the new league during the ESPY awards on ABC.