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Overwatch League Expands with Six More Teams

Posted by Suzie Ford on Sep 07, 2018  | Comments

Overwatch League Expands with Six More Teams - MMORPG.com

The Overwatch League is growing again, this time with the addition of six more teams. Teams will be representing the following cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Washington D.C., Chengdu, Hangzhou and Paris. These six join the previously announced expansion franchises in Atlanta and Guangzhou.

This brings the total number of teams in the Overwatch League to twenty with nine of the teams being hosted in cities outside the United States, one of the primary goals of the League's growth this year. Each of the new teams will join the schedule for the 2019 season.

Owners of the inaugural teams paid approximately $20M each to buy franchise rights. VentureBeat is reporting that Blizzard has asked for $100M for new expansion teams, though this is an unconfirmed rumor and one that Blizzard has emphatically refused to address.

“We never confirmed the original price, and won’t talk about this price,” said Nate Nanzer, commissioner of the Overwatch League, said in an interview with GamesBeat. “I can talk about the process. Last year, we were selling an idea. This year, we had a successful inaugural season. We put a really great product out into the world. We ran a bid process where people came to us with proposals.”

Read the full article at VentureBeat.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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