6 more teams are joining the Overwatch League. Last month, it was announced that Atlanta and Guangzhou are joining the 2019 season. And today, it was announced that Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. are all joining the 2019 season.
These 6 new teams bring the official team number for the new season to 20 teams total. And 9 of those teams are from outside the US. And currently, these new expansion teams are stocking up on players, and the current teams are shuffling their lineups.
Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues had this to say about the end of the 2018 season and the addition of 8 new teams: “We just capped an amazing inaugural Overwatch League season, crowning our first-ever champion in front of a sold-out crowd of dedicated and passionate fans. Now, as we look forward to the 2019 season and beyond, we’re adding eight new teams that will help us grow our league in important regions around the globe. We know that the difference between a good league and a great league is its owners, and we set a high bar for our first season with the caliber of ownership groups. Every one of these expansion franchises cleared that bar and will make our league even better.”
Below you can see a quick rundown of the 6 ownership groups that will be backing these new teams:
- Aquilini Group—A diversified family business that owns the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena and manages a global conglomerate portfolio will operate the team in Vancouver, Canada
- Bilibili—A leading online entertainment company in China, covering a wide array of genres and media formats—including videos, live broadcasting, and mobile games—will operate the team in Hangzhou, China
- DM Esports—A global company focused on esports entertainment and investments will operate the team in Paris, France
- HUYA Inc.—A leading game livestreaming platform in China will operate the team in Chengdu, China
- OverActive Media—An integrated company delivering esports and video game entertainment to the Canadian market will operate the team in Toronto, Canada
- Washington Esports Ventures—A sports organization founded by Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis, to build and promote esports enterprises will operate the team in Washington, D.C.
The team names, logos, and official rosters have been announced for the 8 teams yet, but as soon as they are you can check back here at That Hashtag Show.
Source: The Overwatch League