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Noah Whinston has taken to Twitter to let Immortals fans know about naming their team. Noah breaks down his thoughts on why Blizzard wants teams to re-brand into their ecosystem for the Overwatch League. Also we spoke to Noah last week right before this announcement, you can read that feature here.
This past week we sat down with the Immortals CEO Noah Winston to talk about the Los Angeles spot in the Overwatch League. Noah had some fantastic answers and we are very excited to see this team grow in L.A. Here is the interview:
Overwatchscore.com – Con you give us a break down on how the League is shaping up right now. We’re seeing how things are branching out for the league overall, the gap between investors and endemic teams playing out. How do you see things moving forward?
Noah Whinston – I think that as more and more teams have joined Overwatch League, Blizzard has announced more and more plans not just for the league itself but for the future of game. I think a lot of the people who started off pessimistic are now seeing evidence that their initial pessimism was a bit overblown. At least from our perspective as one of the early movers to enter Overwatch League we do hear about some of this stuff before it goes public. In some ways that validates the faith that we put into Blizzard and Activision to kind of put together a strong league not just from a structure perspective but from an ownership perspective. Also, the ability to listen to the community about the features they feel are most important to be changed and updated to create a better play and viewing experience which they are doing. These changes are never going to happen overnight, sometimes it takes concerted effort to get them done as is with any significant changes to league structure or to game structure, but so far from my perspective the changes over the last few weeks have been positive.
Today marked the first match day for the Overwatch Contenders Season One for both Europe and North America and it lived up to the hype. With Cloud9 and the Misfits both announcing big rosters changes recently, this was our first opportunity to see how the teams were shaping up in the lead up to the Overwatch League getting started. In a battle of more established rosters, the Immortals took on EnVyUs in the North American division.
In a recent article found at thescoreesports.com the Immortals CEO Noah Winston weighed in on what it would be like to have a second team in Los Angeles. The Immortals were one of the first seven teams announced and in the past few days we have heard of the second L.A. team being purchased by the Kroenke family. The Kroenke family owns several major sports franchises including the L.A. Rams and British Premiere League’s Arsenal.
He may not have a CNBC interview, but Noah Whinston knows exactly what he is talking about with Esports. His team the Immortals landed the Overwatch League Los Angeles franchise and Noah came in with a great announcement to fans. Here is his video!
Noah Winston comes in with the Immortals. L.A. will be one of the top cities entering the league with a huge draw in Esports and having close ties with Blizzard in the L.A. area. The Immortals have a solid core team and bring the credit from the grass roots into the competition.
Finishing 1st in the Overwatch Contenders tournament and with a string of victories in recent months the Immortals will be a powerhouse. Possibly the best North American team out there. Noah Winston also is dedicated to building a Los Angeles fan base which he highlighted in his video recently.
An interesting highlight with the Immortals is their recent partnership with AEG. AEG is a sporting and music entertainment presenter based in Los Angeles. They have a massive stake in stadiums, as well as investments in pro teams like: The L.A. Galaxy, Lakers, Kings, and others outside the U.S.
AEG is an event powerhouse and will be able to leverage the L.A. area to host major events almost immediately. Having them on board gives the Immortals a huge benefit to hosting massive events. As Noah Winston explained in his video, they want fans coming to the matches instead of watching them at home.
He really seems to understand what goes into the League and how the build will begin. You want live events but you also want someone who will not just watch from home. The goal here is to fill arenas like any other sports league. It is to gain TV rights and broadcast rights and continue to build up a following. The Immortals are in the prime position to be similar to the Yankees or Cowboys in other leagues. A team that everyone gets behind despite their location.
So the question remains, will the Immortals become “America’s Team” out of L.A. There are a lot of East Coast fans who would argue against that. This team is poised to be in that position though. They have high rankings, and the ability to leverage events. The team does have a solid history in League of Legends and Counter Strike victories as well so they do get it. Even though they are young, formed in 2015, there is a lot to watch here.
Overall, the Immortals will be the in a huge rivalry with NRG for California bragging rights. Their placement in tournaments gives them the credit going into the League and building on a known winning franchise. It is definitely time to watch them in the Contenders Season Zero right now as more events come up. They also made it to the 2017 Beat Invitational Grand Finals facing off against Team Rogue. Maintaining a solid schedule to keep their skills sharp, you do see the Immortals setting some early trends for the game. Watching their match in the Hollywood map, these guys can spring risky surprises and go for the win quickly. They are a fun team to watch for sure.