Blizzard’s Overwatch League has seen the addition of one other two groups, with certainly one of them being the primary European franchise to enter the competitors: an outfit primarily based in London.
LA-based esports agency Cloud9 has purchased the rights to the London crew, and founder Jack Etienne commented: “We’re thrilled that Cloud9’s formidable fan base all through Europe and the UK now has a neighborhood crew to name their very own.”
In line with the BBC, Etienne and Cloud9 forked out $20 million (round £15.5 million, AU$25.5 million) to safe the London franchise, which simply reveals you ways a lot cash is sloshing round within the esports world nowadays.
The opposite new crew to affix the Overwatch League is a Los Angeles-based squad fashioned by Stan and Josh Kroenke, a household which already owns a number of main sports activities groups together with the LA Rams American soccer squad, and certainly they’re the key shareholder in Arsenal soccer membership.
This would be the second franchise primarily based in LA, and in whole there are actually 9 groups in Blizzard’s league.
It’ll actually be fascinating to see who the London crew picks up by way of its participant roster, with the league’s signing window remaining open till the top of October.
As we reported a few weeks again, Blizzard is taking nice pains to form this Overwatch League into an expert organisation full with contracts and a pay construction. The minimal wage of an Overwatch professional will probably be $50,000 (round £39,000, AU$64,000) per 12 months, however there will probably be bonus winnings on high of that for profitable groups.