Nate Nanzer Commissioner of the Overwatch League has announced the first seven teams. The announcement was the first source of information for a long period of time. A week before the Overwatch World Cup group stages start, Blizzard probably felt the need to give some information to the public. As a result of the high buy-in price to get into the Overwatch League, big names have come to the table.
Who are the Teams?
Boston: Robert Kraft – CEO/Chairman of New England Patriots
Robert Kraft currently Chairman and CEO of New England Patriots was reported to buy an Overwatch League Slot earlier this year. On the whole, these reports are confirmed by Nate Nanzer this week with the Overwatch League announcement. In summary, Robert Kraft is a well known for building the NFL New England Patriots and MLS New England Revolution. Currently, Robert Kraft doesn’t have a squad of Overwatch players as of yet but New England Patriots official Twitter has followed amateur Overwatch Team Kungarna.
In summary, Robert Kraft is a well known for building the NFL New England Patriots and MLS New England Revolution. Currently, Robert Kraft doesn’t have a squad of Overwatch players as of yet but New England Patriots official Twitter has followed amateur Overwatch Team Kungarna.
New York: Jeff Wilpon – Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling, VC, and COO of the New York Mets
Jeff Wilpon is Chief operating officer of the New York Mets baseball team also the son of the New York Mets owner, Fred Wilpon. Additionally, Jeff Wilpon is also executive vice president of Sterling Equities. Once Jeff Wilpon has found his team, they will be representing New York in the Overwatch League.
Los Angeles: Noah Whinston – CEO of Immortals, backed by AEG, Grizzlies owner Stephen Kaplan and Lionsgate
Noah Whinston, a well-known face in the eSports industry. Currently CEO of Immortals, Noah has created his eSports empire from League of Legends and CSGO. Noah knowing the full potential of Overwatch has put a significant amount of effort into building a strong Overwatch Roster which will now represent Los Angeles. Together with funding from AEG, Stephen Kaplan, and Lionsgate, Immortals will be clear favorites to be one of the strongest teams in the Overwatch League.
Miami-Orlando: Ben Spoont – CEO/Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming, Backed by Miami Heats
Ben Spoont another well-known figure in the eSports industry, chief executive officer of Misfits Gaming. Together with backing from the Miami Heats Basketball team, Misfits will represent Miami and Orlando. Misfits Overwatch squad has currently been in a slump back in Europe after poor results in Overwatch Contenders and TakeTv2 Lan event.
San Francisco: Andy Miller – Chairman/Founder of NRG eSports, Minority Shareholder in the Sacremento Kings
Andy Miller is Chairman and Founder of NRG eSports in addition to being a minority shareholder in the Sacramento Kings basketball team. NRG has invested significant amounts of money ever since the release of Overwatch. Sadly their Overwatch Team has always struggled to meet fans expectations. After poor results and many team roster changes, the NRG Overwatch Roster is now three players with reports of many players trailing out.
Shanghai: NetEase Inc. – Distributor of Overwatch in China
NetEase Incorporated is a Chinese Internet technology company that provide servers centered around content, communities, communication, and commerce. NetEase is in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment to distribute games such as World Of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Starcraft II and now Overwatch. One of the largest technology companies in China. In conjunction with China being one of the countries to accept eSports as an industry. It is no surprise that a big company such as NetEase has invested into the Overwatch League.
Seoul: Kevin Chou – Co-founder and Former CEO of Mobile Game Developers Kabam
Kevin Chou is Co-Founder and Former CEO of mobile game developer Kabam. Chou has created KSV eSports and will represent Seoul in the Overwatch League. KSV eSports will be based in Silicon Valley, California.
To many people’s surprise, there were no European cities that were announced. As a result, there was a large outcry to from the European fans with zero response from Blizzard. It is equally important to remember that these are not the only seven teams that will be in the Overwatch League. These are but many that will come to fruition. These announcements come a week before the Overwatch World Cup begins and I expect much more after the group stages are completed.