We now know seven Overwatch League owners

  • We now know seven Overwatch League owners

We now know seven Overwatch League owners

Groups backed by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Mets operating chief Jeff Wilpon bought the rights to teams in Boston and NY, respectively. "There really hasn't been a city-based, global league in this way".

"It's an honor to be selected as one of the ownership groups in the inaugural season of this new league", Wilpon said in a statement.

After months of seemingly no information, Activision Blizzard has finally announced the first teams sold for the Overwatch League, along with the cities and entrepreneurs involved.

The first season of the Overwatch League is slated to begin some time later this year, with regular season matches, played each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, held at a not-yet-announced esports arena in the LA area. Case in point is the seven teams that we're announcing today, three of which are endemic to esports-Who better to validate the opportunity than brands that are competing in e-sports today? Numerous initial teams have been bought by big names in eSports including Misfits Gaming in Miami-Orlando, NRG eSports in San Francisco, and the Immortals who locked down LA.

Activision Blizzard's publishing partner in China, NetEase Inc., will operate a team in Shanghai, and a startup led and self-funded by game-industry veterans purchased a team in Seoul.

The "Overwatch" game narrative revolves around a diverse group of worldwide heroes fighting for "an optimistic vision of the future, and the Overwatch League is an extension of that spirit" with its global reach, said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. To say this is a varied bunch is an understatement.

The Overwatch League will have a number of different revenue streams.

As for the last question, there's no guarantee that the Overwatch League will take off like other esports titles such as League of Legends or DOTA 2, but with big name investors such as Kraft and Wilpon, it's clear people are taking this seriously. Teams will receive an equal share of "all league-wide net revenues". Overwatch players themselves can support their teams with special in-game items. That could encourage more interest in Overwatch on a regional level while simultaneously raising awareness for the game's global appeal.

According to Nate Nazer, the commissioner of Overwatch League, tying the teams to specific cities is meant to mirror the structure of conventional sports leagues.

Above: The Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon in November 2016. Here's everything we know so far about Blizzard's plan to bring pro Overwatch to the mainstream.

While other esports leagues are borderless, the Overwatch League will be filled with city-based teams.

But that doesn't mean things are totally sunny for Blizzard. Many organizations have also dropped their Overwatch rosters-Splyce, compLexity, Rise Nation, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, among others, have all recently let their teams go. Long-term, organizers want to place a team in the world's 28-largest media markets.