The first season of Overwatch League hasn’t been over for that long and big news is already coming out. Activision Blizzard has just revealed that two new teams have become part of the Overwatch League. One team in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA and the other team is from Guangzhou in China.
The owner of the team in Atlanta is Cox Enterprises. They are a leading company in communication, media, and automotive parts. They have partnered up with Province, inc. in order to form Atlanta Esports Ventures.
The Guangzhou team is owned by The Nenking Group. This company specialized in finance and entertainment and also owns a basketball team called the Guangzhou Long-Lions that is part of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Although it’s fantastic that two new teams are joining the League, this is especially the case for the Guangzhou team. Despite the London Spitfire winning the inaugural season, the league was heavily dominated by American teams. Although there was a team present from China last year, the Shanghai Dragons, they managed to not win a single game for the entire season. Having a team from Guangzhou will certainly add to the diversity of the League, although most teams are filled with Korean players anyway.
“The esports phenomenon is only getting bigger and the Overwatch League is at the center of the excitement,” Cox Enterprises said regarding joining the Overwatch League “Atlanta has some of the most passionate fans in the world—and now, we get to bring this energy to the Overwatch League. We are thrilled to help lead the evolution of esports by building a team in our hometown.”
The Nenking Group had to say the following “We are so excited to bring an Overwatch League team to Guangzhou, the Nenking Group and the Long Lions have deep roots in this region, and we can’t wait to represent our city on the world stage and make our fans proud.”
Further information regarding the official names, colors, rosters, and marks will be announced by the teams in conjunction with the Overwatch League as soon as the teams are ready to reveal all of that.