The final three teams have been signed for the Overwatch League’s first season, Blizzard today announced.
The latest teams to join the fray are Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia. This now means 12 teams will battle it out in the Overwatch League’s debut.
Here’s more detail on the new teams:
- Comcast Spectacor (Philadelphia), leader in sports and entertainment and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers
- Team Envy (Dallas), veteran Esports organisation with experience across multiple genres
- OpTic Gaming (Houston), established Esports organisation known for its passionate global fan base
The Overwatch League will kick off with preseason play on 6 December, while the regular season will begin on 10 January 2018.
“We’re excited to kick off the inaugural season of the Overwatch League,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “We have the very best team owners in Esports and we will celebrate our professional players better than any league ever has!”
“With the first 12 teams in place, we’re now just a few short months away from the inaugural season of the Overwatch League,” added 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 energise the growing Esports community in Philadelphia and beyond,” Dave Scott, President and CEO, Comcast Spectacor, continued. “An Esports franchise is a great addition to our portfolio of sports and entertainment assets and we believe that Overwatch League is uniquely positioned to succeed.”
“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 honour 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. We’re excited to continue shaping the future of Esports and bring the OpTic passion to the rapidly expanding Overwatch community.”
For more on the Overwatch League, click here. The title is available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.