Blizzard’s Overwatch League has seen the addition of one other two groups, with considered one of them being the primary European franchise to enter the competitors: an outfit based mostly in London.
LA-based esports agency Cloud9 has purchased the rights to the London workforce, and founder Jack Etienne commented: “We are thrilled that Cloud9’s formidable fan base throughout Europe and the UK now has a local team to call their own.”
According to the BBC, Etienne and Cloud9 forked out $20 million (round £15.5 million, AU$25.5 million) to safe the London franchise, which simply reveals you the way a lot cash is sloshing round within the esports world as of late.
The different new workforce to affix the Overwatch League is a Los Angeles-based squad shaped by Stan and Josh Kroenke, a household which already owns a number of main sports activities groups together with the LA Rams American soccer squad, and certainly they’re the main shareholder in Arsenal soccer membership.
This would be the second franchise based mostly in LA, and in whole there at the moment are 9 groups in Blizzard’s league.
It’ll actually be attention-grabbing to see who the London workforce picks up when it comes to its participant roster, with the league’s signing window remaining open till the top of October.
As we reported a few weeks again, Blizzard is taking nice pains to form this Overwatch League into knowledgeable organisation complete with contracts and a pay structure. The minimal wage of an Overwatch professional will probably be $50,000 (round £39,000, AU$64,000) per 12 months, however there will probably be bonus winnings on prime of that for profitable groups.