Rumors are starting to circulate that English football club Manchester United may soon be sponsoring a Manchester United Overwatch team for eSports, taking advantage of Blizzard’s new first-person team-based shooter to get into a new kind of sports.
The European eSports news avenue eSports News UK cites its source as someone “close to the situation” but we should still take it with a grain of salt.”
There are a large number of things that could point against there being a Manchester United Overwatch team anytime soon. The game has only been released for two weeks outside its closed and open betas, which is way too short of a time for something to become established in the eSports scene.
A more appropriate business choice would be to go for League of Legends or Defense of the Ancients, who are both two of the progenitors of the esports genre.
However, it’s nothing unusual for a European football club to have an eSports team; the German football club Schalke 04 has an esports team that plays League of Legends, and several others have clubs that play the FIFA video games, and Gran Turismo Sport is being developed partially with eSports in mind.
Considering Overwatch’s rampant popularity and faster-paced matches, Overwatch may eventually be a good fit for eSports; it’s got a wide variety of different characters, and team makeups are very important and are even encouraged by the game in order to overcome a variety of obstacles. Blizzard even has a zero-tolerance policy on cheating, permanently banning anyone that gets caught.
With all of this in mind, if the rumors are true a Manchester United Overwatch team can’t be very far off, but we’ll just have to wait and see if Manchester United will put out any news related to the acquisition of a team like that.