Two more teams have joined the Overwatch League which brings the total up to 9 professional teams. Blizzards goal to attract mainstream sports teams owners is paying off.
The Overwatch league has expanded and welcomed two more teams into the league. Blizzard announced yesterday that Cloud 9 founder Jack Etienne has purchased rights to a team from London, and Josh and Stan Kroenke Sports and Entertainment has purchased a team based in Los Angeles. Kroenke currently already owns a few major league teams such as the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Arsenal FC. Mike Morhaime CEO of Blizzard made a statement in regards to the new teams:
“Overwatch is a global game, with heroes—and players—from around the world, so it’s important to us that as many Overwatch League fans as possible have local or regional teams to root for, In addition to broadening the competitive field for Season 1, we’re excited that today’s announcement helps set the stage for more epic intercontinental rivalries. We are thrilled that Cloud9’s formidable fan base throughout Europe and the UK now has a local team to call their own, and can’t wait to start representing London in the Overwatch League,”
Kroenke Sports and Entertainment will actually be the second Los Angeles based team, the first Los Angeles based team owned by Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals. From the beginning, it was Blizzard’s goal to start incorporating major league sports teams into the eSports realm. So far, there have brought on two major league team owners despite the supposed $20 million dollar franchise fee that can be paid over a period of time. Blizzard’s goal for the first season of the Overwatch League is to have 12 teams, right now there is a total of 9 teams.