Overwatch League, the esports league primarily based on Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter, is taking one other web page out of the standard sports activities league playbook with the arrival of house video games subsequent 12 months.
Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer revealed throughout a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas, that within the third 12 months of the esports league, its 20 groups will host matches of their house markets throughout america, Canada, United Kingdom, China, France, and South Korea. Presently, the groups reside and taking part in in and round Burbank, California.
Half of the video games for every workforce might be house video games and the opposite half might be away video games. Nanzer famous that the away video games might be scheduled in a approach that groups will play extra video games in opposition to others which can be geographically nearer to their house cities, in order that street journeys might be extra environment friendly.
The Overwatch League workforce managers and gamers stated in interviews with Kotaku that one of many main considerations with the transfer to house cities is the attainable burnout, as a result of rigors of standard journey along with the lengthy observe classes. One other concern is sudden trades of workforce members, which might be more durable if the gamers are transferred between groups in numerous continents.
Gamers and followers will get their first style of Overwatch League house video games as quickly as this 12 months, although. Rival groups will head to the Allen Occasions Middle in Allen, Texas on April 27 to 28, when the Dallas Gasoline hosts a homestand occasion. The Atlanta Reign may have its personal homestand occasion in July, adopted by the Los Angeles Valiant in August.
The Valiant are additionally the primary workforce to announce their everlasting venue, which would be the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Stay in downtown Los Angeles. The remainder of the venues, in addition to the complete schedule and ticket data for the house video games, might be launched later this 12 months.
The addition of house and away video games, together with the possibility to get cheered on by a roaring house crowd, will doubtless push the Overwatch League additional into the mainstream, following the published of matches on channels resembling ESPN and the addition of eight groups for season two.
The second season of the Overwatch League has simply begun, however it seems that the third season is already shaping as much as be loads greater.