The Philadelphia Fusion have announced that they will not be taking part in the Overwatch League preseason in a statement on Twitter. They cited ‘player logistics issues’ as the primary reason for it, and apologized to their fans.
With a large roster there are certainly a number of outstanding questions as to how player logistics issues could keep them from competing in the preseason. The preseason is only being played over the course of four days this week, it’s surprising that Philadelphia was unable to ensure that they would be able to field a team of six for these matches.
Further questions will arise on who the Florida Mayhem, their first scheduled opponent, will play instead of Philadelphia. Update: The League has announced that the San Francisco Shock will take Philadelphia’s place in the first round of the preseason. The second half of the preseason is also unscheduled, a team being removed from this already half-done schedule is going to throw a wrench in the works.
The Overwatch League aims to be a professional sports league, and they are getting off on the wrong foot. It looks absolutely terrible that they announced league tokens today, a way for them to charge fans money for in-game skins, but don’t have their preseason ready to go. Not only has one of the teams announced that they’re bowing out, but the league only has half of the schedule published, and hasn’t commented on the Philadelphia situation yet.
They don’t get a lot of do-overs here. There’s not a great way to spin them announcing a cash-grab system the same day their preseason falls into even more turmoil, and it’s all supposed to start Wednesday. I sure hope Blizzard breaks its habit of silence and comes out and addresses these issues soon.