Blizzard has finally revealed details on the highly anticipated Overwatch League announcing the first seven teams. The Overwatch League is an ambitious esports plan by Blizzard to bring the popular shooter title to mainstream with city-based teams. Meet the first seven teams:
Boston – the city has been claimed by Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and the New England Patriots.
New York – Jeff Wilpon, cofounder and partner at Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets.
San Francisco – Andy Miller, the chairman and founder of NRG Esports
Los Angeles – Noah Whinston, the CEO of the esports organisation – Immortals.
Miami and Orlando – Misfits CEO and co-founder Ben Spoont.
Shanghai – Chinese internet technology company NetEase has picked up the city spot. NetEase is responsible for operating online games within the region especially Blizzard titles such as World of Warcraft and StarCraft II.
Seoul – Kevin Chou, cofounder of Kabam. An avid gamer, Keven Chou was sold on the idea of esports from past experience as a gamer and viewer according to this VentureBeat interview.
Blizzard have yet to release details on when the Overwatch League will begin. Read the full announcement here.