Ten out of twenty Overwatch League teams went head to head in this weekend's events held in New York City and Dallas. The New York Excelsior hosted their rivals at the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan and the Dallas Fuel hosted theirs at the Arlington Esports Stadium.
Half of the Overwatch League teams gathered this weekend to play at the sold-out events held in New York City and Dallas. The ten (out of twenty) teams that played over the weekend have officially brought the league's city-based vision to life in front of hordes of adoring fans.
The New York Excelsior hosted the Boston Uprising, London Spitfire, Paris Eternal and Toronto Defiant at the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan over the weekend.
The Dallas Fuel hosted the Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, Vancouver Titans, and defending Overwatch League champions San Francisco Shock at the Arlington Esports Stadium.
Since the inaugural Overwatch League season of 2018, the League has planned a city-based model in which teams compete in their markets in front of their home fans. That concept has now become a reality as the home crowds shook the 114-year-old venue, with roars of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" for their home-town star, Sung-hyeon "JJoNak" Bang - the 2018 Overwatch League Most Valuable Player - before the matches even began.
In Dallas, a bunch of Fuel kits showed, in no uncertain terms, who the packed house was supporting.
The remaining teams hailing from North America will kick their season off in Philadelphia, home of the Fusion, next weekend. Home matches in China have been cancelled for February and March to protect the health and safety of players, fans, and staff - just like PUBG their PGS Berlin 2020.