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Overwatch League Start Dates Announced, Final Three Teams Revealed

By Sharon Coone
Sep 20, 2017
OWL finally has a premiere date, and a full list of franchise owners.

Today, Blizzard unveiled the final three teams set to join the Overwatch League for its debut season. Along with that news, we also found out exactly when that season will begin.

Preseason and Regular Season Dates

The first official games of the Overwatch League will be a series of exhibition matches starting Dec. 6. The regular season will kick off soon after, on Jan. 10.

"We’re excited to kick off the inaugural season of the Overwatch League," Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a press release. "We have the very best team owners in esports and we will celebrate our professional players better than any league ever has!"

The schedule specifics aren't yet available, but the season will run until June, with playoffs taking place in July. All of this will play out at Blizzard's new Burbank arena.

Three New Teams

As announced today, Comcast's sports subsidiary, Comcast Spectacor, will be taking the Philadelphia OWL spot. The company owns the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, as well as the Wells Fargo arena in Philly.

Team Envy has purchased the Dallas franchise, while OpTic Gaming will be taking Houston. Both are veteran organizations with teams in multiple other esports, including League of Legends and CS:GO.

With these additions, Blizzard confirms the final list of Overwatch League franchise owners, which you can check out below:

  • Los Angeles - Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals
  • Los Angeles - Stan & Josh Kroenke, KSE Esports founders
  • San Francisco - Andy Miller, chairman and founder of NRG Esports
  • Miami-Orlando - Ben Spoont, Misfits CEO and cofounder
  • New York City - Jeff Wilpon, cofounder and partner at Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets
  • Boston - Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and the New England Patriots
  • London - Jack Etienne, Cloud9 founder and CEO
  • Shanghai - Chinese internet technology company NetEase
  • Seoul - Kevin Chou, cofounder of Kabam
  • Philadelphia - Comcast Spectacor, sports leader and owner of Philadelphia Flyers
  • Dallas - Team Envy, veteran esports organization
  • Houston - OpTic Gaming, multi-game esports organization

Now that the mystery of OWL's teams and launch date are resolved, it's on to the next set of questions and announcements: Blizzard says you can expect info on team names, season format, and more in the coming months. Stay tuned to Blitz Esports and our Overwatch channel for more updates, interviews, and analysis.

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Sharon Coone
Sharon spent three years as a video game encyclopedia (Editor in Chief) at Twinfinite. Now she just brags about the time she got to Gold in League of Legends using a trackpad.
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