Blizzard Estadium, the company’s first-ever gaming venue, will begin operations next month by hosting a new Overwatch League for the Asia-Pacific region.
Loosely translated as “fighting array special attack,” the professional tournament series will pit eight of the top Overwatch teams hailing from the region against each other for a share of the prize pool which totals around $273,000.
The confirmed list of participating teams is as follows:
- AHQ Esports Club (Taiwan)
- Flash Wolves (Taiwan)
- Machi Esports (Taiwan)
- DeToNator GOLD (Japan)
- SunSister (Japan)
- FireBall (Thailand)
- Hong Kong Attitude (Hong Kong)
- Blank Esports (Australia)
The Overwatch League will commence its first season from April 8 with a weekly tournament format that will last three months. Teams will compete throughout the regular season for the opportunity to qualify for the playoffs in the end. Blizzard didn’t share details about the second season, which will probably arrive once we’re done with the first.
As stated at the start, all the matches will be conducted at the new Blizzard eStadium in Taiwan. Those unable to attend in person will be able to stream the proceedings live through the official Twitch channel from the comfort of their homes.
Michael “Mike” Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, will reportedly be attending the launch ceremony next week to personally open the doors of the Blizzard eStadium on March 30. Besides Overwatch, the venue will likely field tournaments from other Blizzard titles as well, like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.
Earlier this month, Blizzard was reported to be approaching potential franchise buyers for the upcoming Overwatch League. The company hopes to sell franchises from smaller markets from anywhere between $2 million to $5 million. For larger markets, such as Los Angeles, the company is seeking a value between $10 million and $15 million for a single team slot.
There is a good chance that we will receive more details for the Overwatch League next week.