eSports league announces franchises for 'Overwatch' competition

Blizzard announced today the first seven team owners and partners for Overwatch League, the company’s ambitious plan for bringing the e-sports side of its popular multiplayer team shooter mainstream with city-based teams that mirror conventional sports franchises. And those owners include some big names from the world of traditional sports. First and foremost is Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, who bought the rights for a Boston-based Overwatch team. Jeff Wilpon, the COO of the New York Mets, will be fielding a New York City franchise. Other newly announced teams draw from major players in the e-sports world. Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals, is investing in a Los Angeles team; Ben Spoont, CEO and co-founder of Misfits... Continue reading…

Overwatch League unveils its first 7 cities

Patriots' owner Robert Kraft among those starting teams with esports league.        

Fri 14 Jul 17 from USA today

Overwatch players, your esports league now has Pats, Mets backing - CNET

Owners of NFL and Major League Baseball teams, as well as the NBA's Sacramento Kings, are among those invested in a new seven-team league later this year.

Wed 12 Jul 17 from CNET Cutting Edge

Sports and tech pros own the first seven Overwatch League teams

"I think the next six months are going to determine what eSports will look like for the next few decades." That's Noah Whinston, the 22-year-old college dropout who ...

Wed 12 Jul 17 from Engadget

Overwatch: Bigger than the Premier League?

Activision Blizzard reveals who has spent about $20m to buy the first Overwatch League teams.

Wed 12 Jul 17 from BBC Technology

There’s a college scholarship for talented ‘Overwatch’ players

If you've ever thought that your Overwatch plays were a fine art worthy of college recognition, then it looks like your dreams may have just been answered. After introducing a ...

Thu 6 Jul 17 from Engadget

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