First announced during Blizzcon in November 2016, Overwatch League is expected to begin its inaugural season later in 2010. Details, however, have already been scarce outside leaks and rumors, but Eurogamer is currently reporting which the league will permit team proprietors to purchase exclusive rights towards the cities they call home.
“I feel one of many key variations in our structure may be the local opportunity,” Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer explained. “There really hasn’t been a city-based, global league using this method. Not just in esports, employing traditional sports too, there hasn’t ever really been a league where La plays Shanghai inside the regular season.”
While traditional sports may have teams call individual cities or regions home, those teams do sometimes uproot and transfer to other cities or regions. Further, some cities are occupied by more than one team inside same league like baseball’s Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
Further, and some American sports leagues such as the NFL have experimented with winning contests overseas, they’ve already done this by sending some of American teams to play the other person in foreign countries as opposed to through an American team play a distant one.
It’s also, as Nanzer mentioned, a new concept for esports. It’s an excellent complete surprise, though, considering last week’s say that Overwatch League would open with six teams in different cities across America and Asia.
Nanzer also confirmed previous reports that several of the first teams could well be Los Angeles-based Immortals, Miami-Orlando-based Misfits Gaming, and San Francisco-based NRG Esports. These esports teams is going to be accompanied by traditional sports owners Robert Kraft and Jeff Wilpon’s teams in Boston and Nyc, respectively.
“I’m very happy to announce we have three endemic teams to show today, while the web says we don’t discuss with endemics,” said Nanzer. “Obviously we’re also very anxious about the more common sports owners because they bring a lot of incredible history on the table: building generational fandom around their teams and great local expertise, that is certainly of importance to our city-based, home and away structure.”
Overwatch League doesn’t yet use a date because of its inaugural match, and Blizzard’s silence on its plans since last November had some observers, like Eurogamer, concerned. Nanzer waved those concerns away, on the grounds that Blizzard just waiting until it had something worth sharing.
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