The second season of the Overwatch League will be commencing on February 14, 2019, according to a news post on the league's official website.
The Overwatch League is an e-sports organization run by Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the popular first-person shooter Overwatch. The game is currently in the midst of its Halloween Terror event. The league's first season saw a dozen teams battling it out for millions of dollars in prizes across four stages. The inaugural season was ultimately won by the London Spitfire after an intense series of games against some of the best players in the game.
Season 2 will be expanding that roster of teams to a total of eight. Initial rumors had the number of new teams pegged at six. Three of the new teams will represent Chinese cities, two will represent Canadian cities, two will represent American cities, and France will get its first team based in Paris. Team names have yet to be announced.
Owing in part to the greater number of teams, a more flexible schedule is in the cards for season 2. The inaugural Overwatch League season saw every team playing two matches a week. This time around, teams will play two, one, or even zero matches in a given week. This will afford players more breaks and give them the opportunity to actually visit the cities they are representing as the league has yet to move to a model where players travel around the world for their games.
The second season will continue to be divided into four stages with the top eight teams facing off against one another for a hefty prize pool. The All-Star games are going to be moved from the post-season to the midway point of the season following the conclusion of Stage 2. Lastly, the playoffs will feature an additional two teams as compared to last year's six (bringing it in line with the higher numbers in the Stage Finals).
More details about the second season of the Overwatch League will be revealed in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you can keep up with the league on its official website. The Overwatch League's second season will begin on February 14, 2019.
What do you think of the new teams added for Season 2 of the Overwatch League? Are there any particular cities that you feel should get a team for Season 3? Which team is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!