The Overwatch League will be expanding the number of teams from twelve to twenty for Season 2 according to a news post on the league's official website.
Blizzard Entertainment first debuted the Overwatch League at the end of 2017 with a preseason series of exhibition matches. Twelve teams - the majority of which were headquartered in the United States - battled it out throughout the inaugural season which recently concluded with the London Spitfire taking the crown. The league planned to expand with future seasons, and we now have confirmation of eight new cities getting representation in Overwatch's premier competitive league.
Atlanta and Guangzhou were previously announced as expansion teams in early August. Here's the full listing of the new cities entering the fray this year:
- Toronto, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Chengdu, China
- Hangzhou, China
- Guangzhou, China
- Paris, France
- Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
- Washington, D.C., United States of America
Although the league is increasing in size, a number of regions still remain underrepresented. South America has yet to enter a team into the competition. South Korea is arguably underrepresented with its solitary team considering that the APEX series had long been considered the gold standard of competition prior to Blizzard's creation of an official league. Europe only has two teams, something that seems at odds with the number of high-caliber players that have come out of the region.
Future seasons are sure to see these gaps in representation corrected alongside a potential move to the players actually being headquartered in their home cities rather than playing out of the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles County. Names and logos for these eight expansion teams will be announced in the coming weeks and months. The Overwatch League will be kicking off its second season sometime in early 2019.
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