The inaugural first season of the Overwatch League is upon us and with it, the final 3 teams announced to join the previously announced 9 franchise teams from across Asia, Europe and North America, bringing a total of 12 teams in the introductory season of the Overwatch Leagues. Those three teams are Comcast Spectator from Philadelphia, Team Envy from Dallas and OpTic Gaming from Houston.
Comcast Spectator is a subsidiary of Comcast, an American telecom company and they own a number of sports teams and affiliations including the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. Dave Scott, President and CEO of Comcast Spectacor issued this statement: “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."
Team EnVyUs has been a veteran in the eSports scene and has done well in other eSports titles like DOTA 2, Counter-Strike and Rocket League. Their rivals, OpTic Gaming is also joining the league. They are also considered the best Overwatch team by fans.
OpTic Gaming has also made a big presence in the eSports scene and has a dedicated fanbase across the world. The Call of Duty World Champions are making their debut in competitive Overwatch with this season.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick had this to say: “We’re excited to kick off the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, we have the very best team owners in eSports and we will celebrate our professional players better than any league ever has!” The preseason will start on the 6th of December with all 12 teams playing in a series of exhibition matches. Things will really kick off on the 10th of January with the season starting and will run through until June. The final playoffs and grand finals will take place sometime in July. The games will take place at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, Blizzard's premier e-Sports venue.