Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Overwatch League adds new teams from Rams, Cloud9 owners

Overwatch League adds new teams from Rams, Cloud9 owners

Two more cities are joining the arena, as the Overwatch developer announced this morning that both Los Angeles and London now have owners for their professional teams.

The league also announced Thursday that Jack Etienne, co-founder of L.A. -based e-sports team Cloud9, had purchased a franchise for a team in London.

"Overwatch is a global game, with heroes-and players-from around the world, so it's important to us that as many Overwatch League fans as possible have local or regional teams to root for", Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said in a statement. "We're thrilled to be bringing together more leaders from esports like Jack of Cloud9 and traditional sports like Stan and Josh of the LA Rams, Arsenal Football Club, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, to create an awesome competition that celebrates and rewards players and fans in London, Los Angeles, and beyond".

Back on the West Coast of the United States, a second team for Los Angeles has been snapped up by Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke. His son, Josh, has multiple sports teams under his name as well, including the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL and the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

"We're going to build a great team for Los Angeles that inspires fans near and far".

The spot will be operated by their new esports business, KSE Esports. "Whether that's around sports teams like Stan and Josh Kroenke have done, whether that's around mobile games like NetEase has done and Kevin Chiu has done, or around esports like Jack [Etienne] at Cloud9".

The Overwatch League will differ from other professional esports leagues in that it will be more regionally-based with teams representing specific cities.

The Kroenke family, Kraft and Wilpon buying into the Overwatch League is part of a trend that's seeing traditional sports find ways into esports.

Overwatch League is expected to begin later this year in a shortened season with a more full, robust offering to come in 2018.

They join the seven owners already putting together teams for the Overwatch roster, bringing the total of confirmed teams to nine. Your continued support and excitement drive everything we do, and fuel us as we work towards the launch of the League later this year. Players can be signed August 1 through October 30. You can also follow the Overwatch League on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and join the conversation.

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