Blizzard Announces Seven Overwatch League Teams
The first seven teams for the Overwatch League have been announced. These teams are spread out all over the world and have teams from as far as Seoul and Shanghai.
The seven teams involved in Overwatch league as the founding members are:
- Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)
- Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
- Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
- Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
- Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
- NetEase (Shanghai)
- Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul)
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 12, 2017
After several months of silence, Blizzard has come out with a lot of information about the Overwatch League.
Regional Distribution of teams
The seven teams announced have a decent distribution geographically. There are three teams on the east coast, two on the west coast and two in Asia. Most notable is the absence of any team from Europe, which is generally considered a decent market for esports.
There are already several teams from Europe who have been strong contenders even against North American and Korean teams. However, with the lack of tournaments in Europe, we have not seen these teams in action.
A global league that it is, Overwatch League will aim to add more team spread out over the world. A recent stream by ChanmanV saw Jacob Wolf mention that Blizzard was courting Middle East organizations in order to secure investment into the Overwatch league. We should expect around more teams to sign up in the upcoming months.
More Details about the Overwatch League
Apart from the seven teams announced, Blizzard’s Nate Nanzer has also announced several more things about the upcoming Overwatch League.
- The first season will be held at one place instead of the Home-Away system that will be used in Overwatch League ( from Season 2 onwards).
- Overwatch League will probably start in December 2017 ( not confirmed )
- There will be more teams announced before the start of the league
- The Schedule and other details about the league will be announced soon in the upcoming days
- Teams will all receive an equal share of net revenues from league-wide advertising, ticketing, and broadcast rights deals; at the same time, they will keep all local revenues up to a set amount each year.
- past that amount, a portion of the local revenues will go back into the league-wide shared pool for teams
- There will be a Shared League Prize pool, which will work in the development of the league
- Each team will be allowed to hold 5 local amateur level tournaments.
We think Blizzard has taken the right approach with the way they are handling the announcement of Overwatch league. The direct impact announcement, as opposed to dripping information, definitely has more effect on the community.
Of course, the next few days should see more information coming out about the league. Blizzard has already started advertising Overwatch league on Traditional TV. We hope that Overwatch League manages to reach 12 teams in time for Season 1.
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