In a fantastic move to build community, Cloud9 has gone to its fans to help name their London team. After the franchise buy in, this is a great move to create community buzz and give something back to the followers. Here is the survey:
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 Overwatch World Cup brackets are finally announced as we prep for BlizzCon. Here is the breakdown on how things will go:
- Team 1A: UK
Team 1B: Sweden
- Team 3A: Canada
Team 3B: Australia
In an article over at ESPN, Blizzard confirmed that Overwatch League teams will have to create their own brands. So you will not see Cloud9 or Immortals on the ticket.
Here is an excerpt from the article that explains the approach:
“The Overwatch League is an entirely new endeavor in esports, combining a brand-new IP with a city-based team structure and other components that strongly distinguish it from other initiatives and programs in competitive gaming,” Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer said. “Our team owners are all as enthusiastic as we are about starting with a clean slate and developing branding that is built from the ground up to reflect and enhance the innovations of the League as a whole.”
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.
In a report over at ESPN today, sources are saying that LW Blue may be taking the New York spot in the Overwatch League. This may be a really interesting turn of events after HuK explained that Boston would be bringing in players from around the world. Now reports are that NY will simply import the team and bring them over from South Korea.
You can find the feature here.
The report continues to state that Scott Tester a former Blizzard developer has taken over the position of running the team.
While Overwatch League continues to dominate esports discussions, collegiate esports may offer Overwatch players an alternative to Blizzard’s premier league. UC Irvine made big headlines recently when they announced a new scholarship aimed at Overwatch players. This development has caught the eye of players who wish to continue their education, as well as their parents who want them to pursue their dreams. In an era where the esports industry is making significant pushes to normalize professional gaming, the role that organized collegiate gaming plays cannot be underestimated. We recently caught up with Acting Director of Esports for UC Irvine, Mark Deppe, to get his thoughts on collegiate Overwatch, and to shed some light on other aspects of the program.
Overwatch League Team Seoul ANNOUNCED and it is Lunatic-Hai.
Kim ‘EscA’ In-Jae, the DPS player and leader of Lunatic-Hai
Ryu ‘ryujehong’ Je-Hong, a two-time member of Team South Korea in the Overwatch World Cup
Yang ‘Tobi’ Jin-Mo, recognized as one of the world’s top Lúcio players
Gong ‘Miro’ Jin-Hyuk, the MVP of Overwatch World Cup 2016
Kim ‘Zunba’ Joon-Hyuk, renowned as an elite Zarya player
Moon ‘Gido’ Gi-Do, the “Royal Roader” rookie who won APEX Season 3 and the MVP award in his first season