More teams have long been expected to join the Overwatch League roster, and fans may have recently learned where the first two will hail from.
ESPN—one of the companies to acquire broadcast rights to the Overwatch League—recently reported that agreements are being finalized to make Paris and Guangzhou, China the next two regional teams joining the League. More teams are reportedly expected to join the lineup before the start of season two, but Paris and Guangzhou are all that have been named so far.
In addition to the two teams’ cities, the report alleges to know the owners of each. ESPN claims that Paris will be owned by McCourt Global, a Los Angeles-based holding company also known for the ownership of the Olympique de Marseille French soccer team, while Guangzhou will be picked up by the Nenking Group, the owner of the Chinese Basketball Association team Guangzhou Long-Lions. According to the report, neither McCourt Global nor the Overwatch League were willing to comment on the information, and the Nenking Group could not be reached prior to posting.
ESPN reports that remaining slots for season two teams are selling for anywhere from $30 million to $60 million. The exact price is dictated by a number of factors, including the region’s density of Overwatch players. According to League commissioner Nate Nanzer, the League plans to expand its team count by more than double in its lifetime, shooting for a goal of 28 teams worldwide.
After some shocking upsets in the League playoffs, the final two teams duking it out in the first season’s Grand Finals will be the London Spitfire and the Philadelphia Fusion. The finals will be held in New York City July 27th and July 28th.