Overwatch League seeing a lot of traction — Activision Blizzard CEO

Overwatch League

Overwatch League

As the first major global professional esports league with competition organized by cities, the launch of the Overwatch League is one of the most hotly anticipated moments in esports.

Video game giant Blizzard released 312 new skins for the entire "Overwatch" roster to make the current league more exciting. Names like the Kraft Group, Jeff Wilpon and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment headline the owners stable, but huge esports organisations such as NRG, Cloud9 and Immortals all have teams operating under their banner too. The Pacific Division features teams like the Los Angeles Gladiators and the Seoul Dynasty, while the Atlantic side covers a similarly wide range of geography, including the Houston Outlaws and the London Spitfire.

Scott "Custa" Kennedy is the lone Australian face in the league, now listed on Dallas Fuel's roster.

Unlike normal skins, Overwatch League cosmetics are purchased away from other collectables and with individual credits that can only be bought with real money. Blizzard has understood this and attempted to enforce this passion in the Overwatch League, and it's working. This current season will run until July 28th, with each of its four stages lasting for five weeks apiece before the teams enjoy a week break. On opening day, the arena was polished and ready in every aspect, a sellout crowd filing through the doors to buy merchandise in the front room, grab concessions, and sit down in the 450-seat theater-like arena to enjoy the games.

Talking of skins, all players who log into Overwatch between now and February 13th will receive enough League Tokens to obtain a team uniform of their choice free.

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The Overwatch League is the closest that gaming has come to the presentation of a traditional sports event, and emulating the style of a cable sports show has paid off. A postseason and an all-star weekend are also scheduled.

Blizzard have been applauded for the approach they are taking with their athletes, providing them with a minimum salary, healthcare, housing and retirement savings plans. It'll pick back up on January 17 running through Saturday yet again.

In the second match of the day, the Shanghai Dragons arguably looked even worse than they did in the preseason. Dallas took Map 1, Junkertown, 3-2.

The league has two teams representing Los Angeles: the Los Angeles Gladiators, owned by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his 37-year-old son Josh, and the Los Angeles Valiant, owned by Immortals, a Culver City-based e-sports organization. Overwatch League is ready to pioneer a refreshing way to compete, enjoy and watch professional gamers do what they do best from anywhere in the world.

Since their inception, esports have been leading the way with online streaming. Twitch knows this, and that's why it purportedly paid as much as $90 million for the rights to broadcast the upcoming Overwatch League games exclusively on its platform. Since the very beginning, Blizzard has touted Overwatch as a game of inclusivity and diversity, with a selection of characters that includes everything from multiple women of colour to a moon ape.

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