Blizzard has just announced their first seven city-based teams in the Overwatch League with Miami-Orlando being one of them! Other cities are: In the U.S.A. Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In China there is Shanghai. Last but not least, in South Korea is Seoul.
Misfits CEO and cofounder, Ben Spoont, has locked down both Miami and Orlando which is the reason for the combination, either way still fantastic news for the Central Florida esports scene!
The rest of the leagues owners include big names in technology and even traditional-sports:
- Boston: Robert Kraft, CEO of the New England Patriots
- New York: Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets
- Los Angeles: Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals
- San Francisco: Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports
- Shanghai: NetEase
- Seoul: Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam
Typically, in esports city-based teams are unheard of but Nate Nanzer, the Overwatch League commissioner, explains:
"Traditional sports teams create a significant amount of revenue based on the fact that they get to host home games, and they sell tickets and local sponsorships in an exclusive home marketing territory, that's revenue that just didn't exist in eSports, so we think through the structure that we've created, these city-based teams, we're going to unlock a lot of value for team owners and players and fans."
Andy Miller, owner of the San Francisco team, is supportive of the city-based concept and said it was "the biggest selling point on the idea of joining up in the league."