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.
We got the chance last week to talk to Seoul Coach Baek Kwang-Jin about preparing for the Overwatch League in the coming months. The Lunatic-Hai Manager/Coach is planning for a serious assault on the league with one of the top teams. Here is what he had to say:
- Are you excited to bring the team into the Overwatch League? Lunatic Hai has been at the top and now it seems like this league will bring in the best competition in the world.
I am very pleased to work with the back-to-back winners of APEX Season 2 and 3 for the Seoul team in the Overwatch League. Our team will devote time and energy into training to bring the championship back to Korea and earn the value and popularity that traditional professional sports teams are known for.
- What has you relationship been like with Kevin Chou in setting up this new franchise?
Kevin Chou provides full support, for instance, the best training equipment and facilities, along with health management, media training, and English language tutoring to the players to positioning the players as professional global athletes. I want to be part of his vision for the team and will endeavor to win the championship in the first season of the Overwatch League.
In yesterday’s High Noon broadcast on Youtube, the team was talking to Matt “coolmatt69” Iorio he mentioned some teams that had been scouting him for Overwatch League. The most important part of this discussion is that teams are still doing tryouts and offers have been made by unannounced teams! Matt plays on the World Cup Team and is featured as one of the top players in the U.S. The World Cup is planned for BlizzCon in November. Most likely we expect to hear major announcements at the show which may feature full teams being revealed. The player signing window continues to remain open for the next several weeks.
Blizzard announced today that they are setting up a live event arena in Los Angeles. This will be where season one of the Overwatch League is taking place. You can read the details here:
IRVINE, Calif.—September 7, 2017—World-class esports have a new home in the entertainment capital of the world. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a cutting-edge live-event destination for pro players, esports fans, and everyone else who loves premier competition. Situated in the legendary Burbank Studios, once home to groundbreaking television shows, the studio at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles has been custom-tailored to support an exciting live-event experience for local attendees and broadcast audiences around the world. When the Arena opens for business on October 7, top competitors from across Blizzard esports will be the newest stars to shine on one of the most celebrated stages in television history.
Yesterday, ESPN ran an interview with Kevin Chou, the owner of KSV, the Seoul Overwatch League franchise spot. Kevin used to be one of the founders of KABAM and knows the game industry very well. Now after picking up the team Lunatic-Hai, Korea’s top Overwatch talent, he is on the verge of being the one to beat when the league gets going.
In his interview, Kevin talked about building up the team and the fan base in Korea. More importantly he outlined some of the differences between the APEX tournaments and how the Overwatch League will be structured.
Overwatch League will have a number of things different from APEX. The most obvious one is that all teams can have up to 12 people on their roster. And it’s likely that there will be more substitutions allowed throughout a match compared to what happens in APEX. So all this changes how we think about things. You could literally put together two full rosters.
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.