Overwatch League : 2 New Teams from Guangzhou and Atlanta
The Overwatch League’s inaugural season is over, and it’s time to prepare for season two.
Rumors had been floating around now about new teams getting signed to the League, six teams are expected to join the league ahead of its 2019 start, but the Overwatch League front office has just confirmed two new cities for the second season: Guangzhou, China, and Atlanta.
Activision-Blizzard esports league’s CEO and president Pete Vlastelica :” After thrilling fans with an amazing grand finals at the Barclays Center, we’re excited to follow that up by expanding the Overwatch League next season. We’re pleased to add the Atlanta and Guangzhou teams to the ownership group, and we look forward to bringing the league to even more fans across both regions in 2019.”
Atlanta and Guangzou
Atlanta-based conglomerate Cox Enterprises has partnered with consulting firm Province, Inc. to create Atlanta Esports Ventures to run the Overwatch League team. In Guangzhou, Nenking Group, “a financial and entertainment conglomerate” and owner of Chinese Basketball Association’s the Guangzhou Long Lions, will run the second Chinese-based Overwatch League team.
Nate Nanzer, commissioner of the Overwatch League : “We know Atlanta and Guangzhou have deeply engaged fan communities and we can’t wait to unveil their teams. As the league continues to grow, we’re looking forward to seeing more talented pros in action as more roster spots open up.”
The Overwatch League’s first season ended on July 28 with London Spitfire sweeping Philadelphia Fusion in the grand finals. Select players will return to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California for All-Star Weekend, held Aug. 25 to 26.