Overwatch League kicks off inaugural season, Valiant, Gladiators, Dynasty pick up wins

Bill Rogers
January 15, 2018

There were multiple times in 2017 where the announced launch date in "Quarter 3" and the subsequent pushing back of the date made me think twice if the Overwatch League would ever happen.

January 11th will see Spitfire Vs. Mayhem, Fusion Vs. Outlaws, and Uprising Vs. Excelsior.

Los Angeles is the only city represented by two OWL teams, the L.A. Valiant adorned in black, green and gold as well as the L.A. Gladiators in white, purple and black. 12 teams are involved in the competition. In the Pacific Division you have the Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons. If the Overwatch League delivers, and is fun to watch, that's fine by us. Although born in New Jersey, he was raised in nearby La Cañada Flintridge and said the Blizzard Arena's importance is tied to replicating the "special" moments he experienced in local arenas as a Los Angeles sports fan.

VentureBeat recently tweeted out that the popular broadcasting channel actually paid some big bucks in order to become the exclusive home of Overwatch League. These are permanent teams based in cities around the globe. Blizzard says it will split proceeds on the skins with the teams.

And finally, there was the standout tie of the opening day, where Dallas Fuel was edged out by Seoul Dynasty.

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Getting a team skin for the entire roster will run a player at around $1,200 worth of League Tokens, as Gamespot points out. OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE, BLIZZARD and BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Blizzard have been applauded for the approach they are taking with their athletes, providing them with a minimum salary, healthcare, housing and retirement savings plans.

With the Overwatch League being broadcast at times that will make it virtually impossible for European fans to watch live, Blizzard and Twitch can expect to see these figures soar even higher with VOD spectators.

When Does The Overwatch League Season Take Place?

The Overwatch League regular season is split up into four stages, with each stage lasting five weeks. You can grab it on iOS here and on Android here.

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