Teams for Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia have signed on for the first season of the Overwatch League. This brings the total up to the desired 12 teams. Preseason play will start on Wednesday, 06 December.
Three more teams for Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia have signed on to take part in the first season of the Overwatch League. This brings the total for the first season up to the targeted 12 franchises representing major cities in Asia, Europe, and North America. The new team owners announced today are:
- Comcast Spectacor (Philadelphia), leader in sports and entertainment and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers
- Team Envy (Dallas), veteran esports organization with experience across multiple genres
- OpTic Gaming (Houston), established esports organization known for its passionate global fan base
The Overwatch League also announced that preseason play will start on Wednesday, 06 December. First there'll be a series of exhibition matches featuring all 12 teams. The regular season will then kick off on 10 January and will run into June. Playoffs and finals are scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all preseason and regular season games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, located in Burbank, California.
"We’re excited to kick off the inaugural season of the Overwatch League," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.
"With the first 12 teams in place, we’re now just a few short months away from the inaugural season of the Overwatch League," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "This is a huge milestone for the league; we can’t wait for the action to get underway and to see some of the top competitive Overwatch players in the world facing off to become the first-ever Overwatch League champions."
"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," said Dave Scott, President and CEO, Comcast Spectacor.
"We are beyond excited to be joining the Overwatch League and helping to build the future of esports in Dallas," said Mike Rufail, owner and CEO of Team Envy. "Envy already has a significant history in competitive Overwatch, and we are pleased to be able to build upon that legacy in the league later this year."
"It's an absolute honor to represent the great city of Houston in the Overwatch League," said Hector Rodriguez, owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming. "This is another significant milestone in OpTic’s history and a testament to the loyal support of our fans."
Further details about the Overwatch League will be announced in the coming months.