Following the announcement of the primary seven metropolis-based mostly Overwatch League workforce house owners final month, together with New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft, Blizzard as we speak introduced two extra. Jack Etienne, the proprietor of eSports group Cloud9, purchased the workforce for London. Moreover, Stan and Josh Kroenke of sports activities and media behemoth Kroenke Sports activities & Entertainment, bought the second group based mostly in Los Angeles.
There at the moment are groups in Boston, New York, Miami-Orlando, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Seoul. Los Angeles now has two, as Immortals already secured the primary LA spot as a part of the preliminary Overwatch League workforce possession announcement.
You won’t know the Kroenke’s by identify, however their Kroenke Sports activities & Entertainment firm owns or has a big funding in conventional sports activities groups just like the Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), and Colorado Avalanche (NHL), in addition to the skilled soccer membership Arsenal. So they’re a really massive deal, to say the least.
“The Overwatch League continues to have nice momentum,”Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick stated in a press release. “They will improve our capacity to have fun and reward gamers and followers in Los Angeles, London, and past.”
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime added: “Overwatch is a worldwide game, with heroes–and gamers–from around the globe, so it is necessary to us that as many Overwatch League followers as attainable have native or regional groups to root for.”
Josh Kroenke stated in his personal assertion that he was blown away by Blizzard’s “imaginative and prescient and technique” for the Overwatch League. Etienne, in the meantime, stated he “could not be happier” to be partnering with Blizzard for the London Overwatch League workforce.
The Overwatch League is the primary main worldwide professional eSports league with a metropolis-based mostly construction. This can be a massive step for aggressive gaming, because it brings it extra consistent with conventional sports activities leagues, although Overwatch League is exclusive in that groups from totally different nations will compete in sure occasions.
Here’s a rundown of the primary 9 Overwatch League group house owners.
- Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)
- Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Companion of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
- Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
- Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founding father of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
- Andy Miller, Chairman and Founding father of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
- NetEase (Shanghai)
- Kevin Chou, Co-founding father of Kabam (Seoul)
- Stan and Josh Kroenke, Kroenke Sports activities & Entertainment (Los Angeles)
- Jack Etienne, Cloud9 (London)
There was a report that claimed the Overwatch League’s franchise charge was $20 million, however Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer would not touch upon this determine.
As for the variety of groups that Blizzard hopes to have within the Overwatch League, Nanzer would not give a selected quantity, although he stated you possibly can anticipate the league to develop in measurement to grow to be just like the dimensions of conventional sports activities leagues. By comparability, MLB has 30 groups and the NFL has 32.
Introduced at Blizzcon final yr, the Overwatch League will kick off later this yr. For the league’s first season, matches will happen at a venue within the Los Angeles space, because the native squads take the time they should create their very own native venues. There’ll ultimately be residence and away matchups, simply as with conventional sports activities. Full particulars on the schedule and ticket gross sales alternatives can be introduced later this yr.
Overwatch League groups will earn money by way of ticket gross sales, promoting, and broadcast rights income. In response to Blizzard, this cash can be shared evenly, although native groups get to maintain all of the income from their house territory and venue as much as “a specific amount.” If/when this determine is eclipsed, a proportion might be given to a shared league income pool. One other factor right here is that franchises can function and earn cash from 5 non-skilled occasions of their house area yearly.
Moreover, there can be league- and group-based mostly Overwatch content bought within the game, with 50 % of income going to a shared income pool for all groups.
The minimal base wage for Overwatch League gamers is $50,000. By comparability, beneath the construction of 1 new League of Legends league, gamers earn a assured wage of a minimum of $seventy five,000.
For extra on the Overwatch League, take a look at GameSpot’s interview with commissioner Nanzer.
In different Overwatch information, the game’s newest seasonal occasion, Summer time Video games 2017, is occurring proper now. You possibly can see all the new skins right here in GameSpot’s gallery.