Overwatch League

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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 currently has 12 teams for the inaugural season, which started on January 10th, 2018.[2] The preseason began on December 6 2017 featuring 11 of the 12 teams showcased for the first time in exhibition matches.[3]



Overwatch League was announced at BlizzCon 2016[4]. 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[5], a date which would later be pushed back to 'late 2017'[2].

First Seven Teams[edit]

On July 12th, 2017, Blizzard announced the first 7 Cities and Team Owners participating in the Overwatch League.[2] The Cities and Owners announced were:

Season 1 Player Salaries and Signing Period Announced[edit]

On July 26th, 2017, Blizzard released details on player salaries and signing procedure and timelines for the inaugural season.[6] 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 Season 1 Champions

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

Further Teams Announced[edit]

Ahead of Season 1, more franchises were announced. On August 10th, 2017 and September 20th the remaining franchises were officially revealed:[7][3]


The current teams in Overwatch League are:

City Team Name Owner Team Announced First Season
USA Boston Boston Uprising Robert Kraft 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1
USA Dallas Dallas Fuel Mike Rufail 2017-09-20 [3] Season 1
USA Houston Houston Outlaws Hector Rodriguez 2017-09-20 [3] Season 1
United Kingdom London London Spitfire Jack Etienne 2017-08-10 [7] Season 1
USA Los Angeles Los Angeles Valiant Noah Whinston 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1
USA Los Angeles Los Angeles Gladiators Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke 2017-08-10 [7] Season 1
USA Miami-Orlando Florida Mayhem Ben Spoont 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1
USA New York New York Excelsior Jeff Wilpon 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1
USA Philadelphia Philadelphia Fusion Comcast Spectacor 2017-09-20 [3] Season 1
USA San Francisco San Francisco Shock Andy Miller 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1
South Korea Seoul Seoul Dynasty Kevin Chou 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1
China Shanghai Shanghai Dragons NetEase 2017-07-12 [2] Season 1


Jul 11 - 28, 2018
6 teams
USA Los Angeles, United States
Jan 10 - Jun 17, 2018
12 teams
USA Los Angeles, United States


ID Name Position Join Date
USA Nate Nanzer League Commissioner 2016-11-04
USA Alchemist Jason Baker Lead Observer 2017-10-01
USA CaptainPlanet Ben Trautman Live Stats Producer 2017-11-28

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