The Overwatch League has now expanded to nine teams, as Blizzard announced today that Cloud9 founder Jack Etienne has purchased the rights to a team based in London, while Stan and Josh Kroenke of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, which holds a controlling interest in sports franchises including the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Arsenal FC, will take ownership of a team based on Los Angeles. "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 fantastic competition that celebrates and rewards players and fans in London, Los Angeles, and beyond". Outside investors including former athletes, traditional sports teams owners, and a Chinese video game company recently added new funding to Cloud9's coffers.
With Blizzard opening the player signing window for the Overwatch League it will be fascinating to watch which teams more forward to pick up some of the top players in the Overwatch competitive scene. "They will enhance our ability to celebrate and reward players and fans in Los Angeles, London, and beyond". Blizzard told ESPN that it plans to open the league's first season with 12 teams, but the developer informed Sports Business Daily that it's aiming to open its first season with 12 teams. The League is expected to kick up later this year, with player signings occurring between August 1st and October 31st. There's always time for more cities to pop up, so we can only hope that Kansas City our home towns will get represented as the Overwatch League continues to grow.More news: A key bellwether of North Korea tensions is surging
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"We are thrilled that Cloud9's formidable fan base throughout Europe and the United Kingdom now has a local team to call their own", Jack Etienne, CEO of Cloud9, said in a statement.
For UK fans this is good news, and there's a good chance your favourite teams from around the world will now be making a pit stop in London to play.