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Overwatch League Inaugural Season Begins Tonight

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 15:54

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will kick off tonight with three matches featuring six of the league's teams.

The Overwatch League is Blizzard Entertainment's dedicated esports league for their blockbuster first-person shooter Overwatch. The league features 12 teams, the majority of which are currently based in the United States. Here's the schedule for the first week of the Overwatch League:



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

  • San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Valiant - 7:00 PM Eastern
  • Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators - 9:00 PM Eastern
  • Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty - 11:00 PM Eastern

Thursday, January 11, 2018

  • London Spitfire vs. Florida Mayhem - 5:00 PM Eastern
  • Philadelphia Fusion vs. Houston Outlaws - 7:00 PM Eastern
  • Boston Uprising vs. New York Excelsior - 9:00 PM Eastern

Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Los Angeles Valiant vs. Dallas Fuel - 7:00 PM Eastern
  • Florida Mayhem vs. Boston Uprising - 9:00 PM Eastern
  • San Francisco Shock vs. Shanghai Dragons - 11:00 PM Eastern

Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • London Spitfire vs. Philadelphia Fusion - 2:00 PM Eastern
  • New York Excelsior vs. Houston Outlaws - 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Seoul Dynasty vs. Los Angeles Gladiators - 6:00 PM Eastern

You can view the league's schedule in full here. The inaugural season will consist of four stages of five weeks apiece, followed by Playoffs, Grand Finals, and an All-Star Weekend event. Three games will take place from Wednesday through Saturday for the duration of the season.


Players who missed out on the preseason can avail themselves of the Preview Show which nicely recaps some of the highlights from the league so far, and the more dedicated fans can watch the Preseason in full over at the league's official website. If you'd like to head to the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles County to catch the games live, you're all out of luck - the opening night is all sold out, as is Saturday. Tickets may still be available for Thursday's & Friday's games.

You can follow along with the league's progress and keep up with your favorite teams by grabbing the recently released official Overwatch League app. Avid gamers can hop into the game itself and claim a free team skin for themselves until February 13, 2018. You can tune in to watch the games at Twitch recently purchased the exclusive third-party rights to stream the Overwatch League which you can read more about here.

Will you be tuning in to the first games of the Overwatch League tonight? Which team or teams will you be rooting for? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!