After expanding recently with the addition of Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou, China teams comes word that six more teams will be joining the Overwatch League for the 2019 championship - bringing the total roster up to a total of 20 teams. With nine of these based outside of the Unites States.
The six new cities include Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.
“The Overwatch League’s inaugural season was a great success,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “This past season alone, fans spent 160 million hours watching the leading Overwatch players in the world compete. We are thrilled to add eight new outstanding team owners from Europe, China, and North America to our Overwatch League ownership group. We now have 20 of the very best owners in professional sports.”
“We just capped an amazing inaugural Overwatch League season, crowning our first-ever Grand Finals champion in front of a sold-out crowd of dedicated and passionate fans,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “Now, as we look forward to the 2019 season and beyond, we’re adding eight new teams that will help us grow our league in important regions around the globe. We know that the difference between a good league and a great league is its owners, and we set a high bar for our first season with the calibre of ownership groups. Every one of these expansion franchises cleared that bar and will make our league even better.”
Team names and rosters will be announced soon alongside additional 2019 season details.