‘Overwatch’ League Cities and Teams: Patriots CEO, founder of NRG Esports among the first 7 teams

‘Overwatch’ League Cities and Teams: Patriots CEO, founder of NRG Esports among the first 7 teams
‘Overwatch’ World Cup competitors at BlizzCon 2016 Blizzard Entertainment
‘Overwatch’ World Cup competitors at BlizzCon 2016 Blizzard Entertainment

Activision Blizzard just announced the sale of seven team slots in its official Overwatch League, which, up until now, had remained mostly shrouded in mystery since its initial announcement at BlizzCon 2016.

The seven cities that will host Overwatch teams — so far — are Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami-Orlando, San Francisco, Shanghai and Seoul.

The ‘Overwatch’ League’s design was based on professional sports leagues, including salaries and benefits for its players.
The ‘Overwatch’ League’s design was based on professional sports leagues, including salaries and benefits for its players. Blizzard Entertainment

Despite skepticism from the Overwatch community that the launch of the Overwatch League wasn’t going as smoothly as planned, Blizzard said the League will still launch later in 2017, according to the press release emailed to Mic.

Here’s the full list of teams, their owners and the cities to which they’re tied, straight from the official press release:

• Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)

• Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)

• Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)

• Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)

• Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)

• NetEase (Shanghai)

• Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul)

It’s not clear how many more owners will decide to purchase Overwatch League slots, but Blizzard said it’s in “active conversations” with several other potentially interested parties, according to Dot Esports.

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