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The 'Overwatch' League adds two teams, expands to Europe

10 August 2017, 11:23 | Patty Hardy

The 'Overwatch' League adds two teams, expands to Europe

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"The league that Overwatch is making is really unique in the sense that it's global - it's not a regional league - and in esports, we always see the largest viewership in worldwide events".

Blizzard revealed two more teams participating in its upcoming Overwatch League: one team representing London and a second team representing Los Angeles.

Set to open play later this year, Overwatch League is now up to nine franchises with these two additions, the latter of which puts the league's first European team on the map.

Cloud9 founder Jack Etienne has fronted the money for the London team, while Los Angeles Rams owners Stan and Josh Kroenke have seized the opportunity to start up a Los Angeles team.

Stan Kroenke is the owner of the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, a holding company based in Denver, Colorado. "They will enhance our ability to celebrate and reward players and fans in Los Angeles, London, and beyond". "In addition to broadening the competitive field for Season 1, we're excited that today's announcement helps set the stage for more epic intercontinental rivalries".

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Season one of the Overwatch League is expected to get underway later this year.

That salary is just the bare minimum, of course, and doesn't include the health insurance and retirement savings plan that players are guaranteed, nor does it include housing and practice facilities that teams are also supposed to provide. Blizzard still needs to sign on more to really flesh out the league but so far, this is looking like a good start.

"Building communities around the best competitive experiences in the world is incredibly rewarding, and the Overwatch League offers the chance to create something special", Josh Kroenke told Sports Business Daily.

"We're thrilled that Cloud9's formidable fan base throughout Europe and the United Kingdom now has a local team to call their own". All jokes about the Kroenke family's National Football League team aside, Stan Kroenke also owns KSE eSports, so he's not entirely unfamiliar with how the industry works.

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