New York Mets and New England Patriots Back Esports League

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 12, 2017

"This partnership with the Overwatch League and with some of the elite ownership groups in professional sports, offers a unique opportunity to connect with millions of dedicated fans, engaged and passionate about one of the world's fastest growing sports, and to continue proudly representing NY".

Team owners and investors have been allowed to buy the rights to create a local team for Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami-Orlando, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai.

Overwatch is actually not the most popular title developed by Activision Blizzard's Blizzard Entertainment (the Call of Duty franchise has sold more than 250 million units, while World of Warcraft has more than 100 million registered users online), but the game's following has grown rapidly since Activision Blizzard launched the title just previous year, becoming the company's fastest game to reach 30 million players. The league, which is expected to begin play later this year, eventually hopes to lure 28 teams to compete globally in the team-based shooting game, which Activision-Blizzard says has more than 30 million individual players worldwide.

It's not clear how many more owners will decide to purchase Overwatch League slots, but Blizzard said it's in "active conversations" with several other potentially interested parties, according to Dot Esports. "Not just in esports, but in traditional sports too, there hasn't ever really been a league where Los Angeles plays Shanghai in the regular season".

Slated to kick off later this year, it's going to be fascinating to see how these teams become reality - after all, some of these new team owners have no real stake or representation in esports right now - and whether or not they can grab the local support in the way your local football team can.

There is a minimum base salary for Overwatch League players, though this figure was not disclosed.

"We looked a lot at our history at Blizzard, begin involved in esports for almost two decades, and we looked at a lot of traditional sports and looked at what structures make the most sense", he explained. "We consider that to be a real inflection point for eSports". A number of esports teams have since dropped Overwatch, citing the game's uncertain future. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard has operations throughout the world, and its games are played in 196 countries.

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The developer announced its vision for Overwatch League as a new esports model in November 2016 at BlizzCon-though Blizzard has kept quiet about the league's development since then.

For the sake of clarity and simplicity it would certainly make sense for Blizzard to avoid running both the League and World Cup concurrently.

The other big reason behind the city format was focused on how traditional teams make money, which Blizzard believes comes from franchises being able to sell tickets at their venue.

Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company.

An official start date for the Overwatch League still hasn't been revealed, but it remains set to debut later this year.

Blizzard will announce details on the Overwatch League prize pools later.

The Overwatch league will see teams receive an equal share of all league-wide net revenues, while teams will also keep all local revenues generated through their home territory and venue up to a set amount each year. As the first major esports league to feature a city-based structure, the league will drive development of local fan bases. Above that set amount, a percentage will be sent to the league's shared revenue pool.

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