Blizzard Entertainment is finally debuting its first go at a professional esports league for Overwatch, their premier futuristic first-person shooter with a cast of 26 different characters. 12 teams representing different cities around the world will be gathering at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles for a series of games over the next four days. The schedule for the first two nights of the Overwatch League preseason has already been announced:
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
- Florida Mayhem vs. San Francisco Shock – 7:00 PM Eastern
- Los Angeles Valiant vs. San Francisco Shock – 9:00 PM Eastern
- Seoul Dynasty vs. Shanghai Dragons – 11:00 PM Eastern
Thursday, December 7, 2017
- Los Angeles Gladiators vs. London Spitfire – 5:00 PM Eastern
- Dallas Fuel vs. Houston Outlaws – 7:00 PM Eastern
- New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising – 9:00 PM Eastern
The games taking place on Friday & Saturday are scheduled, but the match-ups have not yet been decided since they are likely dependent on the outcome of the first two days of the preseason.
The San Francisco Shock will be pulling double-duty on the first evening due to the Philadelphia fusion having to drop out thanks to player logistics issues according to a pair of tweets from the team’s official account:
(2/2) We apologize to our fans in Philadelphia & around the world who were looking forward to our preseason competition. Please stay tuned for news surrounding opportunities to connect with our team and win Fusion gear in advance of our season opener on January 11th.
— Philadelphia Fusion (@PHL_Fusion) December 5, 2017
Four streams will be running concurrently for the preseason games in English, French, Korean, and Mandarin. If you can’t catch the live videos (either due to timezones or them not being broadcast in your region), VODs will likely be available after the matches are completed. The inaugural season will have a twice-weekly show that goes over the highlights of the week’s matches, but we won’t have that available until it begins properly in January. If you do tune in and decide you want to support your favorite team, you’ll be able to purchase team & league merch from the Blizzard Gear Store starting today at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
What do you think of the lineups for the Overwatch League preseason matches? Are you disappointed that the Philadelphia Fusion was unable to make it for the first set of games? Let us know in the comments below!More About This Game