The first two franchises, the Boston Revolt and the New York Excelsior, were acquired by organizations associated with Robert K. Kraft, the owner of New England Patriots, and Jeff Wilpon, chief of New York Mets and the son of the team's main shareholder. Leaders with Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Flyers and Sacramento Kings soon came to ownership. E-sports stalwarts joined: Cloud9 owns London Spitfire, who won the first championship.
Mr. Kraft son Jonathan, Kraft CEO, said the organization had been interested in e-sports, but was uncomfortable to acquire what only involved contracts with some players, instead of a permanent franchise.
"That's not what would the west anymore," said Jonathan Kraft on the Overwatch League. "It's a structure. It's fabric."
Overwatch fans can have an easy time gathering around geographic crimes, but they want it hard to see their team personal. All teams, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia – not to mention Shanghai and Seoul – actually play just outside Los Angeles.
Every regular season match this year was played in a 450-seat sports area in Burbank, Calif. It allows Blizzard to focus on its online broadcasting while team owners can develop reliable technological infrastructure, "said the league's commissioner, Nate Nanzer. Teams can move to local arenas in the league's third season, by 2020.