Overwatch League Start Dates Announced, Final Three Teams Revealed

Overwatch League Season 1 will be capped at 12 teams

Blizzard has announced the start date for its Overwatch League.

Twelve teams total will participate in the Overwatch League when its preseason begins in December, with franchises in Boston, New York, London, Miami-Orlando, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

"Comcast Spectacor is thrilled to play a central role in the Overwatch League's inaugural season and energize the growing esports community in Philadelphia and beyond", Dave Scott, president and CEO of Comcast, said in a news release. Blizzard first announced the professional eSports league at last year's Blizzcon show, but it's taken nearly a year to get enough teams started to make the league happen.

"With the first 12 teams in place, we're now just a few short months away from the inaugural season of the Overwatch League", added Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. EnVyUs is undefeated in the first season of Overwatch Contenders, the minor league to the Overwatch League's. um, major league.

"When you look at the Overwatch League and Activision Blizzard's ability to bring together audiences for large gaming genres of this sort, it's a natural extension for us to now jump into the next shooter and continue our story of trying to be reigning champions in another league".

One of the most lucrative esports tournaments in history, The Overwatch League (OWL), will will kick off 2018 with a bang, starting on January 10. All of this will play out at Blizzard's new Burbank arena.

"I am very bullish on being profitable out of the gate".

Muke "Hastro" Rufail, Team Envy owner, says: 'We are beyond excited to be joining the Overwatch League and helping to build the future of esports in Dallas'. An earlier ESPN report suggested OpTic Gaming's investment in the Overwatch League is due, in part, by funding from Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman.

"Overwatch" boasts more than 30 million players around the world, and hundreds of millions of people watch eSports.



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