The Overwatch League grew by two teams yesterday, with new additions in London and Los Angeles.
Joining the seven teams already announced are a team in London (Jack Etienne, Cloud9) and Los Angeles (Stan and Josh Kroenke, KSE Sports).
“The Overwatch League has amazing momentum and today’s announcement is another step towards building a successful global league,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “We’re thrilled to be bringing together more leaders from Esports like Jack of Cloud9 and traditional sports like Stan and Josh of the LA Rams, Arsenal Football Club, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, to create an amazing competition that celebrates and rewards players and fans in London, Los Angeles, and beyond.”
“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,” added Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”
“Building communities around the best competitive experiences in the world is incredibly rewarding, and the Overwatch League offers the chance to create something special,” said Josh Kroenke, co-founder of KSE Esports. “We’re impressed by the vision and strategy for the League, and we’re going to build a great team for Los Angeles that inspires fans near and far.”
“We applaud the creation of the Overwatch League, and couldn’t be happier partnering with an organisation that shares our values and vision of serving athletes, teams, and fans,” added Jack Etienne, founder and CEO of Cloud9. “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.”
Overwatch League teams are currently signing players; each player is guaranteed a minimum $50,000 USD salary in their first year.
We’ll have more on the Overwatch League as it’s made available.