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Overwatch League (OWL) is the premier professional esports league for Overwatch, organized by Blizzard Entertainment. The league is touted as the first "truly global professional esports league,"[1] featuring franchised teams representing cities from all around the world.

The league began with 12 teams for its inaugural season, which started on January 10, 2018[2] and expanded to 20 teams for the 2019 season.

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Overwatch League was announced at BlizzCon 2016.[3] A trailer was released, detailing the career of fictional player 'Krusher99'. The league was revealed to be using a franchising model for its teams, with each team spot representing a city. The league was announced to be starting in Q3 of 2017, a date which would later be pushed back to 'late 2017'. [4][2]

The first 12 cities and owners were announced on July 12th, August 10th, and September 20th, 2017.[2][5][6]

Blizzard had reportedly been in talks with Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens about a Chicago team to be operated by Edens' esports team FlyQuest, but this never came to fruition.[7]

On July 26th, 2017, Blizzard released details on player salaries and signing procedure and timelines for the inaugural season.[8] It outlined, among other things, that the minimum player salary would be USD$50,000, and that initial contracts would be for a minimum term of 1 year. All teams will be required to provide health insurance, a retirement savings plan, and provide player housing and practice facilities for their players.

Teams would also be required to distribute at least 50% of their team performance bonuses to their players directly, and that the total bonuses available for OWL teams in Season 1 will amount to USD$3.5 million, with a minimum of USD$1 million awarded to the Season 1 Champions.

The announcement also outlined the Official Player Signing Window for Season 1: from August 1st to October 30th 2017. Teams would be required to have at least 6 players, and no more than 12 total.

Season 1[edit]

Inaugural season logo

Season 1 commenced on December 6th, 2017 with a preseason of exhibition matches. The Fusion opted out of the preseason due to "player logistics issues.".[9] The Fuel, Valiant, and Dynasty finished at the top of the league in a three-way tie for first.

The regular season, which was split into four month-long stages, began with Stage 1 on January 10th, 2018, from Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. The Valiant defeated cross-state rivals the San Francisco Shock 4-0 in the opening match. The Stage 1 Playoffs took place on February 10th, with the top three teams from the stage competing for USD$125,000. The third-ranked Spitfire] defeated the second-ranked Outlaws and the top-ranked Excelsior 3-1 and 3-2, respectively, to win the first Stage Championship and the top prize of USD$100,000.

In Stage 2, the Excelsior again took first with a record of 9-1, losing just 9 maps in the entire stage. They avenged their Stage 1 Championship loss by defeating the Fusion, who defeated the second-seeded Spitfire in the semifinal, in the Stage 2 Championship 3-2.

Stage 3 saw slight alterations to the playoff format, as it was expanded to a four-team single elimination tournament. The Uprising became the first team in league history to have an undefeated stage, taking the top seed at 10-0. The Excelsior, Valiant, and Gladiators claimed the second, third, and fourth spots, respectively, in the Stage 3 Playoffs. The Uprising handled the Gladiators 3-0, while NYXL did the same to the Valiant, winning 3-0. In the Stage Championship, NYXL beat the Uprising 3-0, claiming their second consecutive title.

Stage 4 again had playoff changes, allowing the top seed to choose their first-round opponent for the Stage Playoffs. The Uprising failed to qualify after their historic Stage 3, going just 4-6 in Stage 4. The Gladiators finished Stage 4 at the top of the standings at 9-1, with the Valiant (9-1), Excelsior (7-3), and Fuel (6-4), finishing second through fourth. The Gladiators selected cross-town rivals Valiant for their first-round pick, despite the Valiant winning their Stage 4 meeting on May 30, 3-0. In the Stage 4 Playoffs, the Valiant came back from a 2-1 deficit to upset the Gladiators 3-2, while NYXL defeated the Fuel 3-2. In the championship, the Valiant handled the Excelsior, 3-1.

A major story of this season was the Shanghai Dragons losing all 40 of their matches in what is considered to be the longest losing streak in sports history. The Dragons won 21 maps, tied 2, and lost 141.

The Season Playoffs began on July 11th with the top six teams from the season: NYXL and the Valiant won their respective divisions, while the Uprising, Gladiators, Spitfire, and Fusion finished in the next four spots. The playoffs were played on Patch 1.25, which significantly reworked Symmetra, who was moved from a Support hero to Damage, although she was disabled for the entireity of the playoffs. Instead of playing four-map matches like the regular season, the playoffs were played in best-of-three-matches series, with each map being first-to-three map wins. The quarterfinals saw the Fusion defeated the Uprising 2 matches to 1, while the Spitfire did the same to the Gladiators, losing the first match 3-0 before winning the next two by the same margin. The bracket was then reseeded so the Spitfire played the Valiant and Fusion played NYXL. Despite the first-round byes received by the division champions, both top seeds were upset in the semifinals, with the Spitfire and Fusion winning their respective series 2-0.

The inaugural Grand Finals took place on July 27th and 28th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which was sold out with a two-day attendance of over 20,000. On day one, the Spitfire took the first match 3-1, and closed out the series on day two with a 3-0 match win, winning the first Overwatch League Grand Finals and a prize of USD$1,000,000.

Season 2[edit]

After reports of OWL's desire to expand on team presence in Europe and Asia, new cities for Season 2 were announced on August 2nd and September 7th, 2018, adding eight new teams for a total of twenty for the 2019 season.[10][11]

Beginning in Season 2, teams began hosting Homestands, a series of matches with multiple teams playing in one team's home city or market, with Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles (Valiant) hosting homestands in Stages 2, 3, and 4, respectively. Ahead of Season 3, other teams began naming their own homestand venues.

Season 2 began on February 9th, 2018, with the Community Countdown, which replaced the preseason. It featured team scrims and mystery heroes showmatches, as well as individual 1v1s and a showmatch with teams of casters and streamers.

Regular Season play began on February 14th from Blizzard Arena, with the number of matches per team reduced from 40 to 28. Stages again ran for a month, with all but Stage 4 having individual playoffs. Stage playoffs were expanded to eight teams, with the winner receiving USD$200,000, double the Season 1 prize.

Stage 1 ended with both the Titans and NYXL undefeated at 7-0, though the Titans earned the top seed based on map differential. This stage had unique tiebreaker situations, where the tie for the third seed between Philadelphia and Toronto had exhausted all preset tiebreakers and was forced to a coin flip, which was won by Toronto, although the league immediately scrapped this afterwards and made the sixth place tie between San Francisco and Seoul be broken by a first-to-three match, which was won by the Shock. In the Stage Playoffs, the Dynasty upset New York 3-1 in the first round, but fell to the eventual champions Vancouver in the semifinals. The Titans defeated the Shock 4-3 in the finals to claim the championship in the franchise's first stage.

In Stage 2, the Dallas Fuel hosted the first Homestand in league history at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. Eight teams competed at the event: Paris, London, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Houston, Seoul, the Valiant, and Dallas, and each team plated two matches, with Dallas closing out each night with a win. Vancouver continued their winning streak by again finishing 7-0, although this was overshadowed by the Shock completing the first Golden Stage in league history, winning a perfect 28 maps in Stage 2 to finish 7-0. The two teams again met in the finals of the Stage Playoffs, with the Shock, who dropped map one to Shanghai in the first round, winning the finals 4-2 after winning the final three maps.

Stage 3 saw the Reign host Week 5's matches at their Homestand at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, featuring Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Atlanta. The biggest match came on day two, when the Reign defeated their nearby rival in the Florida Mayhem 4-0. All eight playoff qualifiers finish with 5 wins or better, with NYXL alone in first place at 7-0, as Vancouver lost for the first time this season on June 23 to the Valiant. The main story of the Stage Playoffs were the Shanghai Dragons, who snapped a 42-match losing streak in Stage 1, shocking the Vancouver Titans in the semifinals 4-1 before defeating the reigning champion Shock 4-3 in the championship, narrowly avoiding a reverse sweep and winning more maps in Stage 3 and the Stage Playoffs combined than all of Season 1.

Stage 4 did not have Stage Playoffs to allow teams to prep for the Season Playoffs. The Valiant hosted the final Homestand of the season at The Novo by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles, with Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, New York, Vancouver, and all three California teams (San Francisco, the Gladiators, and the Valiant) competing. The Valiant became the first team to lose at their own homestand, losing to the Gladiators 3-1 in the final match on day one, and to the Shock 4-0 in the final match on day two. The Atlanta Reign and San Francisco Shock finished in the top two spots of the stage at 7-0. Vancouver finished the season as Pacific Division champions at 25-3, and NYXL won the Atlantic at 22-6. The Shock finished between the two at 23-5.

The top six teams qualified for the Playoffs automatically, while the next six teams competed in a single-elimination play-in bracket to determine two qualifiers into the double-elimination playoff bracket. Atlanta upset the Shock in the quarterfinals, 4-3, to send them to the bottom bracket, where they made a historic run, defeating London, the Gladiators, Hangzhou, and New York, all 4-0, to reach the Grand Finals, where they would meet the Winners Bracket champions, the Vancouver Titans.

For the second consecutive season, the Grand Finals took place outside of Burbank, this year at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is owned by Comcast Spectacor, the ownership group of the Fusion. Like the rest of the playoffs, the Grand Finals were first-to-four map wins, which came quickly, as San Francisco defeated Vancouver 4-0 to win to claim the championship and the USD$1.1 milion prize.

Season 3[edit]

Season 3 was expected to have sweeping changes that the league touted from its inception, most notably the permanance of Homestands (and thus the moving from Blizzard Arena). Stages were eliminated, with one Midseason Tournament featuring the top four teams serving as the replacement. These teams would compete during a break in the regular season at Week 13 in a single-elimination bracket for over USD$1 million. Additionally, the Pacific and Atlantic Divisions were renamed to Conferences and split into East and West Divisions within each conference to better geographically segment teams for Homestand scheduling. The league also introduced Hero Pools, where, starting March 7, one tank, one support, and two DPS heroes would be banned from play. Heroes were randomly selected "based on play-rate data from the previous two weeks," could not be banned two weeks in a row, and would not have any bans for the midseason tournament or playoffs.

On January 29th, 2020, OWL canceled all Chinese homestands for February and March amidst domestic concerns with COVID-19.[12] They were later rescheduled for Seoul's Week 5 Homestand and a separate one from a studio in Seoul during Weeks 6 and 7.[13]

The Regular Season started on February 8th, 2020, with Homestands at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, and Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas, hosted by NYXL and the Houston Outlaws, respectively. On February 24th, after the fourth Homestand of the season (all in the United States), the Dynasty postponed their homestand in Seoul as COVID-19 began spreading across South Korea.[14]

On March 11th, just three days after the Washington Justice's Homestand, all OWL Homestands for March and April were canceled; the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic that day.[15] Twenty days later, all remaining Homestands were canceled and the season was revealed to be played out online rather than at LAN events.[16]

Matches resumed on March 28th online. As teams were now headquartered in their home cities instead of Los Angeles as in previous seasons, they were redistributed into NA and Asia divisions to allow for better latency, effectively eliminating the new conference and division alignment. The Asia Division consisted of all of the Chinese and Korean teams plus New York and London, while the rest competed in North America. April matches saw the first Hero Bans in league history, where McCree, Mei, Wrecking Ball, and Brigitte were banned for Week 9.

After the midseason tournament was canceled, OWL introduced the May Melee, a tournament where teams would qualify based on regular season matches in May. Each team played three seeding matches, but every team would make the single-elimination bracket. The bottom two teams in NA, Vancouver and Toronto, played one match to determine the 12th seed in the tournament, which Toronto won. On the APAC side, Guangzhou, the top seed, got a first round bye in the seven-team bracket. Shanghai completed a rare four-map reverse sweep to defeat Seoul in the APAC finals, 4-3, while San Francisco defeated Florida 4-2 in the NA finals. Each champion received USD$55,000 and the three wins from the tournament added to their record.

The success of the May Melee prompted OWL to continue with the tournament format, reminscent of the Stage format of seasons past. June's tournament, the Summer Showdown, saw the Shock go a perfect 9-0 in maps in qualifying to earn the top seed, while the Dragons won all four of their matches in Asia. In North America, the Paris Eternal won their first tournament in team history by defeating the Philadelphia Fusion, 4-3, while the Guangzhou Charge also won their first tournament, defeating Shanghai 4-2.

The final tournament of the regular season, the Countdown Cup, saw San Francisco, Paris, and Philadelphia all finish undefeated on the NA side, while Shanghai and Chengdu did the same on the APAC side in qualifiers. The Dragons made their third straight tournament finals appearance in the Countdown Cup, avenging their loss to Guangzhou in the Summer Showdown by defeating Hangzhou 4-0. San Francisco claimed their second tournament win of the season by defeating Philadelphia 4-2.

Due to the scheduling changes and addition of tournaments, each team played between 21 and 29 matches in the regular season; the Shanghai Dragons, just two seasons removed from their 0-40 finish, had the best record in the league at 27-2. The Fusion led NA at 24-2.

With teams still region-locked for the playoffs due to the pandemic, two playoff brackets were held, with the top two teams from each region competing in an inter-region Grand Finals tournament. NA had the bottom eight teams play-in to fill three spots in the eight-team double-elimination tournament. In the Winners Finals, the Shock defeated the Fusion in a Countdown Cup rematch 3-1 to qualify for the Grand Finals, and the Fusion bounced back by defeating the Justice 3-0 in the Losers Finals to do the same. APAC had the bottom five teams play-in to fill two spots in the four-team double-elimination bracket. Shanghai won the Winners Finals, defeating Seoul 3-2, while Seoul defeated New York 3-0 in the Losers Finals, making the two APAC's Grand Finals qualifiers.

The 2020 Grand Finals took place on October 8-10. The NA teams flew to South Korea to minimize game latency. Members of each team had to individually quarantine for two weeks as required by the Korean government for international travelers. At the end of the double-elimination bracket, the San Francisco Shock defeated the Seoul Dynasty 4-2 to claim their second consecutive OWL championship and the grand prize of USD$1.5 million, the largest single prize in OWL history.

Season 4[edit]

Due to Season 3's adjusted schedule, Season 4 was expected to start late, and, due to the pandemic still heavily affecting OWL cities, without Homestands, at least to start.

Season 4 marked the return of the tournament format, with the number of tournaments increased to four: May Melee, June Joust, Summer Showdown, and Countdown Cup. Teams would again be region-locked, competing in East (APAC) and West (NA) divisions. The East increased to eight teams, with the Valiant and Fusion moving from NA, while the Spitfire moved from APAC. Each tournament would have three weeks of qualifiers (four matches per team). The top six teams in the West and four in the East would qualify for that month's tournament, which would begin with single-elimination knockouts in each region to determine two teams to advance to the actual tournament. For the tournament, the NA teams would fly to Hawaii and use the esports facilities at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to minimize latency between the western teams and the league servers in South Korea.

This season also introduced League Points, which would be used as the primary determinant of standings as opposed to record. Each win rewards one League Point, and higher placement in tournaments rewards more; three for first place, two for second, and one for third, rewarding teams who perform better in tournaments as opposed to qualifiers.

Hero Pools also returned, confined to every other tournament (June Joust and Countdown Cup) and would remain the same for the qualifiers and elimination stages of each tournament period.

The season began on April 16th, 2021, with May Melee Qualifiers. The Justice and Outlaws finished in the top seeds in NA at 4-0, while the reigning league champion Shock finished third. In the East, the Fusion sat atop the standings at 4-0. All three undefeated teams fell in the Knockouts, as the Mayhem and Fuel defeated the Justice and Outlaws, respectively, while the Dragons beat the Fusion and Chengdu claimed the other East spot. In the May Melee, a double-elimination tournament, the Dallas Fuel defeated the Shanghai Dragons from Hawaii 4-2 to win USD$100,000 and 3 League Points.

In the June Joust, the Hangzhou Spark hosted the league's first Homestand since March 2020 during Week 8 and the Knockouts, where the Hunters, Charge, Valiant, Dragons, and Spark played their matches at the Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City Academic Exchange Center in Hangzhou in front of a live crowd, while the other East teams played remotely. three teams again finished 4-0, with the Gladiators claiming their first top seed since Stage 4 of Season 1, with the Shock and Spark also finishing undefeated. In the Knockouts, Dallas defeated Houston in a May Melee Knockouts rematch en route to tournament qualification after defeating the Gladiators 3-1, while Atlanta upset the Shock 3-0 to take the other West spot. In the East, NYXL defeated the top-seeded Spark 3-1 and Shanghai prevented Seoul from making their second straight tournament appearance to take the East spots. The Dragons defeated the Fuel in the June Joust Grand Finals, 4-3.

The Summer Showdown saw an eastern homestand in Shanghai done the same as the one in Hangzhou, while the Dallas Fuel hosted the first western live crowd since February 2020; they played live at Esports Stadium Arlington while their opponent, Houston Outlaws, played from their team facilities. The Dragons and Fuel finished atop their respective divisions undefeated in qualifiers. In the Knockouts, Dallas and Atlanta qualified in the West, while Shanghai and Chengdu qualified in the East. In the finals, the Dragons defeated the Hunters, 4-1, in the first all-East tournament finals to claim their second consecutive tournament title.

Between Summer Showdown and Countdown Cup, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against OWL's parent company, Activision Blizzard, alleging sexual harassment and employee discrimination practices. In light of this, a majority of OWL sponsors terminated their contracts with the league, leaving just three sponsors for Countdown Cup, down from ten for Summer Showdown.

In the final season tournament, the Countdown Cup, the Charge were supposed to host a homestand in Week 17, but it was canceled amidst rising COVID-19 cases in the area. It was rescheduled for Week 18 in Hangzhou, but that was also canceled for the same reason. Atlanta and Chengdu finished 4-0 in qualifiers, while the Dragons failed to qualify for knockouts, finishing 2-2. The top two qualifiers in each region won their knockout matches: Reign and Gladiators in the West, and Hunters and Fusion in the East. In the Countdown Cup finals, the Gladiators held off a Hunters comeback to win their first stage title in team history, 4-3. With the victory, the Gladiators earned enough League Points to earn a bye past the Play-ins and straight into the Playoffs.

In the Play-ins, the Shock and Justice qualified through the six-team single-elimination bracket in the West, and the Fusion upset the Dynasty to win the three-team bracket in the East. The Playoffs were set to be held on LAN in the United States, with the preliminary rounds at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas, and the Grand Finals at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, where the Call of Duty League Playoffs were held. However, due to rising COVID-19 cases in the US, these events were canceled in favor of the monthly tournament final format, where western teams would travel to Hawaii while eastern teams stayed in Asia. In the Playoffs, the top-seeded Dragons defeated the defending champion Shock 3-0 in the opening round en route to an undefeated championship run, defeating the Reign 4-0 in the Grand Finals, winning their first league championship just three years after their 0-40 season in 2018.

Season 5[edit]

On September 3, 2021, league Vice President Jon Spector tweeted that the 2022 Overwatch League season would be played on an early build of Overwatch 2 ahead of the game's release. The game includes numerous hero tweaks and reworks, a new Push gamemode, and a switch to teams of 5, comprised of two damage, two supports, and one tank player, down from two of each role in Overwatch. Due to the shift to 5v5, the roster minimum was reduced to 6; the roster maximum stayed at 12.

Teams[edit]

City Team Name Owner Team Announced First Season Links
East
China Chengdu Chengdu HuntersChengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters HUYA 2018-09-07 [11] 2019
China Guangzhou Guangzhou ChargeGuangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge Nenking Group 2018-08-02 [10] 2019
China Hangzhou Hangzhou SparkHangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark Bilibili 2018-09-07 [11] 2019
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles ValiantLos Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant Noah Whinston & Immortals 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
United States Philadelphia Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion Comcast Spectacor 2017-09-20 [6] 2018
South Korea Seoul Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty Kevin Chou & Gen.G esports 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
China Shanghai Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons NetEase 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
West
United States Atlanta Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign Cox Enterprises 2018-08-02 [10] 2019
United States Boston Boston UprisingBoston Uprising Boston Uprising Robert Kraft 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
United States Dallas Dallas FuelDallas Fuel Dallas Fuel Envy & Kenneth Hersh 2017-09-20 [6] 2018
United States Houston Houston OutlawsHouston Outlaws Houston Outlaws Beasley Broadcast Group 2017-09-20 [6] 2018
United Kingdom London London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire Jack Etienne & Cloud9 2017-08-10 [5] 2018
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators Stan and Josh Kroenke 2017-08-10 [5] 2018
United States Miami/Orlando Florida MayhemFlorida Mayhem Florida Mayhem Ben Spoont & Misfits Gaming 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
United States New York New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior Jeff Wilpon 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
France Paris Paris EternalParis Eternal Paris Eternal Drew McCourt & DM-Esports 2018-09-07 [11] 2019
United States San Francisco San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock Andy Miller & NRG Esports 2017-07-12 [2] 2018
Canada Toronto Toronto DefiantToronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OverActive Media 2018-09-07 [11] 2019
Canada Vancouver Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans Canucks Sports & Entertainment 2018-09-07 [11] 2019
United States Washington Washington JusticeWashington Justice Washington Justice Mark Ein & Washington Esports Ventures 2018-09-07 [11] 2019

Homestand Venues[edit]

Capacities may refer to their esports configuration capacity instead of their regular/full capacity.[17]

Team Name Venue Capacity Debut
Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign United States Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, Georgia 2,750 2019
United States Coca-Cola Roxy at The Battery, Atlanta, Georgia 3,600 20201
Boston UprisingBoston Uprising Boston Uprising United States Citizens Bank Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts 2,677 20201
Chengdu HuntersChengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters China Wuliangye Chengdu Performing Arts Center, Chengdu, Sichuan 12,000 20201
Dallas FuelDallas Fuel Dallas Fuel United States Allen Event Center, Allen, Texas 8,000 2019
United States Toyota Music Factory, Irving, Texas 4,000 20201
United States Esports Stadium Arlington, Arlington, Texas 2,200 2020
Florida MayhemFlorida Mayhem Florida Mayhem United States Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida 8,000 20201
United States Full Sail Live, Winter Park, Florida 1,500 20201
Guangzhou ChargeGuangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge China GBA Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center, Foshan, Guangdong 15,000 20201
China Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, Guangdong 8,600 20201
Hangzhou SparkHangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark China Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City Academic Exchange Center, Hangzhou, Zhejiang ?2 2021
Houston OutlawsHouston Outlaws Houston Outlaws United States Revention Music Center, Houston, Texas 2,400 2020
United States Tech Port Arena, San Antonio, Texas 3,100 2022
London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire United Kingdom SSE Arena, Wembley, London 12,500 20201
United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre, Marston Green, Solihull, West Midlands 15,683 20201
Los Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators United States The Novo by Microsoft at LA Live, Los Angeles, California 2,400 20201
Los Angeles ValiantLos Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant 2019
New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York 2,200 2020
Paris EternalParis Eternal Paris Eternal France Zénith Paris - La Villette, Paris 6,800 20201
Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion United States The Met, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3,500 2020
United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey 10,500 20201
San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock United States Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California 1,978 20201
United States San Jose Civic, San Jose, California 2,850 20201
Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty South Korea Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Dongdaemun, Seoul 2,700 20201
Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons China Jing'an New Sports Center, Jing'an District, Shanghai 5,600 2021
Toronto DefiantToronto Defiant Toronto Defiant Canada Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario 2,500 20201
Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans Canada Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia 6,000 20201
Washington JusticeWashington Justice Washington Justice United States Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC 4,200 20201
United States The Anthem, Washington, DC 3,000 2020

1 Denotes a venue with a scheduled homestand that was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 The venue's capacity is unknown.

Seasons[edit]

Season Date Prize Pool Champion Runner-Up Regular Season Winner
2018 2018 (2018.01.10 - 2018.07.28) $3,500,000 London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior
2019 2019 (2019.02.14 - 2019.09.29) $5,000,000 San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans
2020 2020 (2020.02.08 - 2020.10.10) $4,775,000 San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons
2021 2021 (2021.04.16 - 2020.09.25) $4,100,000 Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons

All-Time OWL Standings[edit]

All-Time OWL Standings
1.New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior34-6.850126-43+83
2.Los Angeles ValiantLos Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant27-13.675100-64+36
3.Boston UprisingBoston Uprising Boston Uprising26-14.65099-71+28
4.Los Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators25-15.62596-72+24
5.London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire24-16.600102-69+33
6.Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion24-16.60093-80+13
7.Houston OutlawsHouston Outlaws Houston Outlaws22-18.55094-77+17
8.Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty22-18.55091-78+13
Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign0-0.5000-00
Chengdu HuntersChengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters0-0.5000-00
Guangzhou ChargeGuangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge0-0.5000-00
Hangzhou SparkHangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark0-0.5000-00
Paris EternalParis Eternal Paris Eternal0-0.5000-00
Toronto DefiantToronto Defiant Toronto Defiant0-0.5000-00
Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans0-0.5000-00
Washington JusticeWashington Justice Washington Justice0-0.5000-00
17.San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock17-23.42577-84-7
18.Dallas FuelDallas Fuel Dallas Fuel12-28.30058-100-42
19.Florida MayhemFlorida Mayhem Florida Mayhem7-33.17542-120-78
20.Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons0-40.00021-141-120
1.Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans25-3.89389-28+61
2.New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior▼156-12.824204-81+123
3.Hangzhou SparkHangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark18-10.64364-52+12
4.Los Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators42-26.618163-120+43
5.San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock▲1240-28.588169-110+59
6.London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire▼140-28.588160-121+39
7.Los Angeles ValiantLos Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant▼539-29.574156-125+31
8.Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion▼239-29.574150-140+10
9.Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign16-12.57169-50+19
10.Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty▼237-31.544155-128+27
11.Guangzhou ChargeGuangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge15-13.53661-57+4
12.Boston UprisingBoston Uprising Boston Uprising▼934-34.500140-149-9
13.Chengdu HuntersChengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters13-15.46455-66-11
14.Houston OutlawsHouston Outlaws Houston Outlaws▼731-37.456141-146-5
15.Paris EternalParis Eternal Paris Eternal11-17.39346-67-21
16.Dallas FuelDallas Fuel Dallas Fuel▲222-46.324101-170-69
17.Toronto DefiantToronto Defiant Toronto Defiant8-20.28639-72-33
17.Washington JusticeWashington Justice Washington Justice8-20.28639-72-33
19.Florida MayhemFlorida Mayhem Florida Mayhem13-55.19178-195-117
20.Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons13-55.19172-202-130
1.New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior▲169-20.775254-111+143
2.San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock▲358-31.652225-127+98
3.Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion▲558-31.652209-159+50
4.Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans▼331-18.633112-76+36
5.Los Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators▼153-36.596206-159+47
6.Guangzhou ChargeGuangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge▲529-20.592105-96+9
7.Hangzhou SparkHangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark▼428-21.571100-92+8
8.Los Angeles ValiantLos Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant▼150-39.562197-166+31
9.Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign26-23.531112-85+27
10.Paris EternalParis Eternal Paris Eternal▲526-23.53196-98-2
11.Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty▼146-43.517188-168+20
12.London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire▼646-43.517187-172+15
13.Houston OutlawsHouston Outlaws Houston Outlaws▲137-52.416173-196-23
14.Chengdu HuntersChengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters▼120-29.40888-113-25
15.Boston UprisingBoston Uprising Boston Uprising▼336-53.404154-210-56
16.Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons▲432-57.360131-217-86
17.Dallas FuelDallas Fuel Dallas Fuel▼131-58.348136-214-78
18.Toronto DefiantToronto Defiant Toronto Defiant▼115-34.30671-120-49
19.Florida MayhemFlorida Mayhem Florida Mayhem27-62.303126-225-99
20.Washington JusticeWashington Justice Washington Justice▼312-37.24560-126-66
1.New York ExcelsiorNew York Excelsior New York Excelsior76-29.724283-143+140
2.San Francisco ShockSan Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock70-35.667268-151+117
3.Philadelphia FusionPhiladelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion68-37.648246-183+63
4.Los Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators▲164-41.610247-180+67
5.Atlanta ReignAtlanta Reign Atlanta Reign▲437-28.569153-106+47
6.Seoul DynastySeoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty▲558-47.552228-190+38
7.Hangzhou SparkHangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark35-30.538132-123+9
8.Paris EternalParis Eternal Paris Eternal▲234-31.523128-130-2
9.Guangzhou ChargeGuangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge▼334-31.523125-134-9
10.Vancouver TitansVancouver Titans Vancouver Titans▼632-33.492122-121+1
11.Chengdu HuntersChengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters▲331-34.477126-135-9
12.Los Angeles ValiantLos Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant▼450-55.476199-214-15
13.Houston OutlawsHouston Outlaws Houston Outlaws48-57.457207-220-13
14.London SpitfireLondon Spitfire London Spitfire▼247-58.448199-219-20
15.Shanghai DragonsShanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons▲144-61.419169-236-67
16.Boston UprisingBoston Uprising Boston Uprising▼143-62.410181-241-60
17.Dallas FuelDallas Fuel Dallas Fuel42-63.400176-240-64
18.Toronto DefiantToronto Defiant Toronto Defiant24-41.369102-151-49
19.Washington JusticeWashington Justice Washington Justice▲121-44.32389-152-63
20.Florida MayhemFlorida Mayhem Florida Mayhem▼132-73.305152-263-111

Organization[edit]

Active[edit]

Organization
ID Name Position Join Date
United States CaptainPlanet Ben Trautman Live Stats Producer 2017-11-28
Sweden Reinforce Jonathan Larsson Game Producer 2019-02-14
United States Mr X Matt Morello Associate Director 2021-01-08
United States Sean Miller Director 2021-11-10[18]
United States Packing10 Mike Szklanny Manager of Competition Operations 2022-02-28
United States PYYYOUR Brad Ross Head of Competitive Operations 2022-03-03

Former[edit]

Former Organization
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Organization
United States Jon Spector Vice President of Overwatch Esports 2017-03-?? 2021-11-10[19]
United States Pete Vlastelica League Commissioner 2019-07-10 2020-10-??[20]
United States Nate Nanzer League Commissioner 2016-11-04 2019-05-24[21]
United States Alchemist Jason Baker Lead Observer 2017-10-01 2018-10-05[22]

Additional Content[edit]

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  18. "Big news today from the Overwatch League team.". Overwatch League. 2021-11-10.
  19. "Thank you, @overwatchleague". Jon Spector. 2021-11-10.
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  21. "Hey Overwatch League family. I wanted to share that soon I will be leaving Blizzard for a new opportunity.". 2019-05-24.
  22. "I am back to being freelance. Anyone need a producer or director hit me up.". 2018-10-05.