The 'Overwatch' League Expands Its Pro Teams To London And Los Angeles

Jack Etienne Cloud9

The Overwatch League has today announced two new teams, with a second time setting up shop in Los Angeles, and one settling right here in London Town.

Joining the seven teams already announced are a team in London (Jack Etienne, Cloud9) and Los Angeles (Stan and Josh Kroenke, KSE Sports).

"We are thrilled that Cloud9's formidable fan base throughout Europe and the United Kingdom now has a local team to call their own, and can't wait to start representing London in the Overwatch League". "We're thrilled to be bringing together more leaders from esports like Jack of Cloud9 and traditional sports like Stan and Josh of the LA Rams, Arsenal Football Club, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, to create an wonderful competition that celebrates and rewards players and fans in London, Los Angeles, and beyond". His son, Josh, has multiple sports teams under his name as well, including the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL and the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer. It seems that as much as Blizzard want Overwatch to succeed as an esport, they also want to make sure players are looked after.

Blizzard promised more information about the League's format and timeline, as well as new team announcements, will be shared over the coming months.

The spot will be operated by their new esports business, KSE Esports.

Cloud9 is also the first organization to buy an Overwatch League spot in Europe-which is a little unusual, considering that it's an American company.

Jack Etienne, the founder of Cloud9 managed to get enough money together to buy in to the League.

The interest from the Kroenkes highlights traditional sports organizations' interest in the Overwatch League. Other such examples include Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his hospitality company, Delaware North, partnering with multi-esports organization Splyce and the Miami Heat announcing a "strategic partnership" with Misfits. Cloud9 is also joining NRG Esports, Misfits and Immortals as the only multi competition Esport's brands now in the Overwatch League. Your continued support and excitement drive everything we do, and fuel us as we work towards the launch of the League later this year. The League is expected to kick up later this year, with player signings occurring between August 1st and October 31st. You can also follow the Overwatch League on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and join the conversation.

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