You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Overwatch League Signs Six More Teams

The Overwatch League is adding six new teams, bringing its total roster to 20, it announced on Friday.

Two of the teams, Chengdu and Hangzhou, are based in China. Two are in Canada — Toronto and Vancouver — and the final two are based in Paris and Washington, D.C. All of the new teams will compete in the 2019 Overwatch League season, “Overwatch” publisher Activision Blizzard said.

Aquilini Group operates the Vancouver team. It owns the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena. Chinese online entertainment company Bilibili operates the Hangzhou, China team, while DM Esports operates the Paris team. Huya Inc., a Chinese livestreaming platform, operates the Chengdu team. Finally, OverActive Media and Washington Esports Ventures are operating the Toronto and D.C. teams, respectively.

Last month, the league announced it’s also adding teams based in Atlanta, Ga. and Guangzhou, China. The Atlanta team is owned by Cox Enterprises and operated by Atlanta Esports Ventures, while the Guangzhou team is owned and operated by Nenking Group, owner of the Chinese Basketball Association team the Guangzhou Long Lions.

“The Overwatch League’s inaugural season was a great success,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “This past season alone, fans spent 160 million hours watching the leading ‘Overwatch’ players in the world compete. We are thrilled to add eight new outstanding team owners from Europe, China, and North America to our Overwatch League ownership group. We now have 20 of the very best owners in professional sports.”

The Overwatch League’s inaugural season ended in July. The London Spitfire defeated the Philadelphia Fusion to win the Grand Finals held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Spitfire team took home a $1 million dollar prize, while the Fusion earned $400,000.

Activision Blizzard said it will share more details soon about official team names, marks, and rosters. It will also release information about the 2019 season schedule at a later date.

More Gaming

  • Digital games saw 12% growth to

    Digital Games Saw 12% Growth to $113.4 billion in 2018 (Report)

    “Fortnite” generated the most annual revenue of any game in history and popularized gaming video content among mainstream audiences, according to industry analyst firm SuperData. The group, a division of Nielsen, says that 2018 was the biggest year for gaming and entertainment of all time, citing 13% growth in gaming overall. SuperData’s 2018 year in review [...]

  • Kraken in Sea of Thieves

    'Sea of Thieves' February Update Requires Players Re-Install Game

    A major update to Rare’s pirate role-playing game “Sea of Thieves” will require all players to download and fully re-install the game on Feb. 6. In a blog post on the official “Sea of Thieves” website, executive producer Joe “Three Sheets” Neate announced the studio’s plans to introduce improvements to the installation and patching process, [...]

  • 'The Division 2' Story Trailer Depicts

    'The Division 2' Story Trailer Depicts Nation in Turmoil, Dates Private Beta

    The latest trailer for “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” shows the US in turmoil after warring factions take over, as shared by Ubisoft via its YouTube channel Wednesday. There’s talk in the story trailer of overcoming a virus outbreak (a throwback to the first game, “Tom Clancy’s The Division”) but it is revealed that violent [...]

  • Magic leap Is Hiring to Build

    Magic Leap Plans to Expand to Mobile AR

    Magic Leap is getting ready to embrace augmented reality (AR) on mobile devices. The company is currently looking to hire a senior software engineer for mobile AR, who will be tasked with “expanding Magic Leap’s platform to mobile devices,” according to a new job listing. A Magic Leap spokesperson declined to comment. Magic Leap released [...]

  • Star Wars Battlefront II

    EA 'Fully Committed' to Making More 'Star Wars' Games

    Publisher Electronic Arts tells Variety that it’s still fully committed to making more “Star Wars” games following a report that its studios are no longer working on an open world game set in the “Star Wars” universe, but rather a smaller game with a faster development turnaround. Three anonymous sources told Kotaku on Tuesday that EA [...]

  • 'Westworld Mobile' Lawsuit Settled, Game Begins

    'Westworld Mobile' Lawsuit Settled, Game Begins Shutdown Process

    The “Westworld Mobile” game produced by Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive has now been removed from app stores after a related copyright infringement lawsuit from game studio Bethesda was reported by both parties to be “amicably” settled. There are few details on the specifics of the settlement, which was filed on December 12th, but the [...]

  • Supercell's 'Brawl Stars' Clears Over $63

    Supercell's 'Brawl Stars' Clears Over $63 Million in One Month

    Finnish mobile developer Supercell’s recent release “Brawl Stars” has made over $63 million in its first month on the market. This figure comes from mobile market research firm Sensor Tower, which estimates the developer’s first new game in nearly three years racking in sales to the tune of the average of almost $2 million a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content