The Overwatch League has been expanded again with the introduction of six new teams.
Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. will all be competing in the 2019 Overwatch League Championship, taking the total number of teams up to 20.
“The Overwatch League’s inaugural season was a great success,” Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said. “This past season alone, fans spent 160 million hours watching the leading Overwatch players in the world compete. We are thrilled to add eight new outstanding team owners from Europe, China, and North America to our Overwatch League ownership group. We now have 20 of the very best owners in professional sports.”
“We just capped an amazing inaugural Overwatch League season, crowning our first-ever Grand Finals champion in front of a sold-out crowd of dedicated and passionate fans,” Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, added. “Now, as we look forward to the 2019 season and beyond, we’re adding eight new teams that will help us grow our league in important regions around the globe.
“We know that the difference between a good league and a great league is its owners, and we set a high bar for our first season with the caliber of ownership groups. Every one of these expansion franchises cleared that bar and will make our league even better.”
Last month, Blizzard announced that Atlanta and Guangzhou had joined the Overwatch League.