Following months of rumors and speculations, Blizzard has finally announced that the first regular season of the highly anticipated Overwatch League will commence from the start of the new year. It will take place right after a pre-season in the last month of fall with a series of exhibition matches between the twelve participating teams.
“With the first 12 teams in place, we’re now just a few short months away from the inaugural season of the Overwatch League,” Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said in a statement. “This is a huge milestone for the league. We can’t wait for the action to get underway and to see some of the top competitive Overwatch players in the world facing off to become the first-ever Overwatch League champions.”
The remaining three franchise slots have been confirmed to be purchased by Comcast Spectator in Philadelphia, Team Envy in Dallas, and OpTic Gaming in Houston. Previous reports from third-party sources had already revealed the names but it is good to get an official nod nonetheless.
The pre-season is scheduled to kick off on December 6. The first regular season of the Overwatch League will start on January 10, with the playoffs and finals taking place in July. Each match will be held at the new esports arena of Blizzard in Burbank, California.
More details such as precise timings and other related information will arrive in the coming months leading up to the pre-season. Blizzard has made it mandatory that every participating team in the Overwatch League must feature new branding. This means that endemic esports organizations must take on a new name. Those will be revealed soon.