Overwatch League Adding Two New Teams, Announces Blizzard Arena LA As Venue

Written By Dustin Gouker on September 18, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The Overwatch League officially announced that Blizzard Arena Los Angeles would be its home for its first season, and reports say that the league has added two new franchises in US.

Blizzard Arena LA

Overwatch League said that Burbank Arena would be the home to competition, when it gets underway.

More from the league:

 While the building once played host to landmark TV programs as part of the legendary Burbank Studios, we’ve custom-renovated the space for esports events so that pro players and audiences alike can have a great experience.

Overwatch League matches will be held in one of the full-service studios with seating for more than 450 people and multiple spectator boxes for special guests. The facility includes convenient practice areas, where teams can warm up before their matches, as well as player lounges and offices.

The venue will also feature “a dedicated Blizzard Gear store” when matches take place there, with merchandise also available online.

We’re still waiting for the announcement of when the league will officially start and take place.

New esports arena gets a tryout

In the interim, the arena will get a few test drives.

The Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs will be the first event held at the venue Oct. 7-8. Four teams from North America and Europe will complete for $100,000 per region.

Then, on Oct. 13, the Summer Championship for the Hearthstone Championship Tour takes over, with $250,000 on the line. The top players in that event qualify for the Hearthstone World Championship in early 2018.

New franchises in Houston, Philadelphia

Also new for Overwatch League, ESPN reported that new franchises are on the way:

In Philadelphia, Blizzard sealed the deal with Comcast Spectacor, the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and sports branch of cable giant Comcast. OpTic Gaming and its new investor, a group led by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, have purchased a spot in Houston.

There will be a total of 14 franchises, according to ESPN, at a $20 million pricetag per team.

Here’s the list of teams we know about, officially:

  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles (two teams)
  • Overwatch San Francisco
  • Miami-Orlando
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
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