CLG has recently announced that it’s abandoning it’s Overwatch team in light of the Overwatch League. Once the team announcements for OWL started it became a matter of time before teams had to get funding for an OWL spot for season one, disband, or try and hold onto their players and negotiate for a season two spot. Let’s explore why CLG may have chosen to close it’s doors.
Philadelphia was always a prime choice for Overwatch League. Living halfway between New York and Philly, I can tell you that this area is spilling over with competition. Whether it is the Eagles/Giants or the Islanders/Flyers/Rangers/Devils few people joke about sports. The Flyers organization are the ones who bought into the Overwatch League.
OpTic Gaming has a rich history in esports. Their teams have been around a long time and CEO Hector Rodriguez continues to steer the team with confidence. OpTic moves into the Houston spot for the Overwatch League becoming a clear rival of Team EnVyUs in Dallas. This Texas tradition of sports rivalries goes far back.
Mike Rufail, owner of Team EnVyUs posted on his twitter today to announce that the speculation over them receiving funding and securing the Dallas Overwatch League spot is in fact true. While he did not confirm that the funding received was indeed $35 million he did say they had received multi 8 figure investment, which leads us to believe the rumored number to be accurate.
There are more rumors flying out of ESPN that Chicago or Milwaukee may be on the table for Overwatch League. In a recent report sources say that Milwaukee Bucs owner Wes Edens is in talks to form a team. The question about location is the big thing to look at here. Chicago is considered a top tier city and would likely be the best candidate. However, we may see a team in Milwaukee instead. There is no set guarantee as to where this team will finalize. Blizzard did not comment on the news, but this is looking like the potential thirteenth team on the roster.
In a report out of ESPN, there will now be a Houston Overwatch League spot. This team is being put together by Texas Rangers Neil Leibman and OpTic Gaming. The company has not only applied for a franchise in the Overwatch League but also are looking to buy a spot in the LCS for League of Legends.
This could mark the second of Texas teams that have not officially been added to the roster of teams. We heard reports that Team EnVyUs would be moving into the Dallas spot at some point with a $35 million investment from Ken Hersh.
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.
The Misfits are coming off a great win last week against Cloud9 in Contenders. We sat down with Manager Cyril MICHEL and GM Joe “InnerFlame” El Ouassi to talk about the Misfits strategy for the Overwatch League. They have a ton of great answers about their roster changes and approach to the Overwatch League’s upcoming first season. Read on!
Overwatchscore.com – Can you give us your view on the Overwatch League as a whole? What are the keys to success?
Joe “InnerFlame” – I think we can all agree this is a monumental moment for esports. Other games have leagues already, but franchising is something new and Blizzard has a great approach. This game is only a little more than a year old. It is already seeing more than 100K on Twitch for the bigger tournaments. Giving fans the opportunity to have a local connection with a team is something new and exciting.
The Overwatch League Boston team’s new lead Huk has been answering some great questions on Twitter. We cut out some of the fluff and have brought all of the most relevant ones here so you can get it all in one place!