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The Overwatch League is a professional Overwatch eSports league. Its inaugural season started in 2018. The league was announced during BlizzCon 2016. The regular season lasts 12 weeks and ends with a playoffs to decide the champions of the Overwatch League.

From August 1 to October 30, there was an official player signing window during which teams signed players to contracts. Top players have already been identified through a scouting report. Future seasons will not use this system. Players must be at least 18 years old to participate in the league.[1]

All matches in Season 1 were played at an arena in Los Angeles while other locations prepare their venues. The total bonuses available for teams in Season 1 amounted to USD $3.5 million, with a minimum USD $1 million awarded to the Season 1 champion.

The preseason began on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles with a series of exhibition matches. The inaugural season proper kicked off on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and continued into June, followed by championship playoffs and finals in July.

Overwatch League logo-cropped


Teams

Overwatch League features twenty teams, each of which represents a major world city. The teams are divided into two divisions, based on the geographical location of the represented city:

  • Atlantic Division, covering teams based in Eastern North America and Europe
  • Pacific Division, covering teams based in Western North America and Asia
Team Name City Owner
Atlantic Division
OWLicon reign Atlanta Reign Fl usa Atlanta Atlanta Esports Ventures (Cox Enterprises and Province Inc.)
OWLicon uprising Boston Uprising Fl usa Boston The Kraft Group
OWLicon mayhem Florida Mayhem Fl usa Miami–Orlando Misfits Gaming
OWLicon outlaws Houston Outlaws Fl usa Houston OpTic Gaming
OWLicon spitfire London Spitfire Fl uk London Cloud9
OWLicon excelsior New York Excelsior Fl usa New York City Sterling.VC
OWLicon eternal Paris Eternal Fl france Paris DM eSports
OWLicon fusion Philadelphia Fusion Fl usa Philadelphia Comcast Spectacor
OWLicon defiant Toronto Defiant Fl canada Toronto OverActive Media
OWLicon justice Washington Justice Fl usa Washington, D.C. Washington Esports Ventures
Pacific Division
OWLicon hunters Chengdu Hunters Fl china Chengdu HUYA Inc.
OWLicon fuel Dallas Fuel Fl usa Dallas Team Envy
Hersh Interactive
OWLicon charge Guangzhou Charge Fl china Guangzhou Nenking Group
OWLicon spark Hangzhou Spark Fl china Hangzhou Bilibili
OWLicon gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators Fl usa Los Angeles Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
OWLicon valiant Los Angeles Valiant Fl usa Los Angeles Immortals
OWLicon shock San Francisco Shock Fl usa San Francisco NRG eSports
OWLicon dynasty Seoul Dynasty Fl southkorea Seoul Generation Gaming (formerly known as KSV eSports)
OWLicon dragons Shanghai Dragons Fl china Shanghai NetEase
OWLicon titans Vancouver Titans Fl canada Vancouver Aquilini Group

Each team may have between 8 and 12 players. Every year, each team may host up to five amateur events in their home territory.

In-game items

Overwatch players are able to support their favorite Overwatch League teams with a number of in-game items, such as hero skins showcased below.

These skins are purchasable with a premium currency called League Token (only available in select countries), which are earned by watching the Overwatch League livestreams on the official website or Twitch.[2] Each skin costs 100 League Tokens.

Past Seasons

Further information: Overwatch League/Inaugural Season

Standing (2018 Season)

Overall

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 40 34 6 126-43-4 +83
2 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 40 27 13 100-64-7 +36
3 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 40 26 14 99-71-3 +28
4 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 40 25 15 96-72-3 +24
5 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 40 24 16 102-69-3 +33
6 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 40 24 16 93-80-2 +13
7 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 40 22 18 94-77-2 +17
8 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 40 22 18 91-78-3 +13
9 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 40 17 23 77-84-5 -7
10 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 40 12 28 58-100-7 -42
11 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 40 7 33 42-120-5 -78
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 40 0 40 21-141-2 -120

Stage 1

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 31–10-2 +21
2 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 7 3 30–13-0 +17
3 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 7 3 29–14-0 +15
4 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 7 3 26–13-3 +13
5 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 7 3 25–16-2 +9
6 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 6 4 27–17-0 +10
7 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 6 4 20–24-1 –4
8 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 4 6 16–26-0 –10
9 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 3 7 16–24-2 –8
10 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 3 7 14–25-3 –11
11 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 1 9 9–31-1 –22
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 6–36-0 –30
Playoffs Match
Semi-Final OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 3-1 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws
Final OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 3-2 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior

Stage 2

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 34-9-0 +25
2 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 8 2 31-11-0 +20
3 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 7 3 27-15-0 +12
4 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 7 3 25-16-0 +9
5 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 6 4 25-16-1 +9
6 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 6 4 21-22-0 -1
7 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 5 5 22-22-0 +0
8 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 4 6 18-23-1 -5
9 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 3 7 17-24-1 -7
10 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 3 7 15-27-1 -12
11 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 2 8 13-28-1 -15
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 2-37-1 -35
Playoffs Match
Semi-Final OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 3-2 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire
Final OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 2-3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior

Stage 3

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 10 0 31-13-1 +18
2 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 33-11-0 +22
3 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 7 3 28-15-1 +13
4 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 6 4 25-19-1 +6
5 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 6 4 21-20-0 +1
6 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 5 5 24-21-1 +3
7 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 5 5 24-23-0 +1
8 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 5 5 22-21-1 +1
9 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 4 6 20-24-1 -4
10 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 2 8 11-28-2 -17
11 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 1 9 9-30-2 -21
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 9-32-0 -23
Playoffs Match
Semi-Finals OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 0-3 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising
Semi-Finals OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 0-3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior
Final OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 3-0 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising

Stage 4

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 9 1 30-11-1 +19
2 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 9 1 28-13-2 +15
3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 7 3 28-13-2 +15
4 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 6 4 22-17-1 +5
5 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 6 4 22-18-1 +4
6 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 6 4 22-18-1 +4
7 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 5 5 23-16-2 +7
8 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 4 6 20-19-2 +1
9 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 4 6 18-23-2 -5
10 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 3 7 19-25-0 -6
11 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 1 9 7-34-1 -27
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 4-36-1 -32
Playoffs Match
Semi-Finals OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 3-2 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators
Semi-Finals OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 2-3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior
Final OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 1-3 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant

Postseason

Playoffs Series Match Wins
Quarterfinals OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 2-1 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising Match 1: Fusion 3-1
Match 2: Uprising 3-1
Match 3: Fusion 3-1
Quarterfinals OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 2-1 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Match 1: Gladiators 3-0
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0
Match 3: Spitfire 3-0
Semifinals OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 2-0 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant Match 1: Spitfire 3-1
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0
Semifinals OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 2-0 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior Match 1: Fusion 3-0
Match 2: Fusion 3-2
Grand Final OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 0-2 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire Match 1: Spitfire 3-1
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0

References

  1. Overwatch League Roster Announcements, 08/01-08/22
  2. Watch Overwatch League, Get League Tokens

External links

Overwatch League logo med The Overwatch League (US)


Overwatch League
Pacific Teams Chengdu Hunters
Dallas Fuel
Guangzhou Charge
Hangzhou Spark
Los Angeles Gladiators
Los Angeles Valiant
San Francisco Shock
Seoul Dynasty
Shanghai Dragons
Vancouver Titans
Atlantic Teams Atlanta Reign
Boston Uprising
Florida Mayhem
Houston Outlaws
London Spitfire
New York Excelsior
Paris Eternal
Philadelphia Fusion
Toronto Defiant
Washington Justice
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