Today we have big news for all Blizzard fans reading this. Your favorite gaming company seems to have finalized deals for the future of its Overwatch franchise. More precisely, they’ve acquired additional Overwatch League investments which will surely boost its popularity and attract even more interest.
Truth be told, with the rise of eSports, Blizzard has “kind of” lost its grasp in the gaming community. More precisely, their Starcraft II game served as a jump board to modern-day eSports as we know it. It paved the way and influenced the entire eSports industry which resulted in big money being pumped directly into it.
But, unfortunately for Blizzard, their crown jewel of eSports slowly became obsolete as new names started appearing. With Riot Games’ League of Legends and Valve’s eSports triumphs in the form of DotA 2 and CS: GO stepping onto the scene, Starcraft II went in the shadows from which it never came back. True, there are still tournaments and events, but Starcraft 2 is nowhere near the likes of LoL and DotA 2 in terms of fanbase and general popularity.
In recent times, Blizzard had a brand new entrance into the eSports scheme with Overwatch, their thrilling mix of FPS and MOBA games. Unsurprisingly, it came with a spring as it was a huge success very early on. Don’t get me wrong, it still has. As a matter of fact, Overwatch still has a lot of time to properly grow since it’s a relatively new franchise… but after such a great start, it was only logical to see a stationary cycle. Blizzard being Blizzard, they smelled the chance and hurried up to prepare eSports spectacles including the upcoming Overwatch League that has the potential to grow into the biggest Blizzard’s eSports event ever. And just recently, they came to a huge breakthrough by acquiring more Overwatch League investments. With that said, it goes without any doubts Overwatch League will be a genuine spectacle.
Overwatch League Investments – Who Stepped Up?
In a yesterday’s report by ESPN Esports, Blizzard is sealing the deals for whopping 6 teams. Currently, they are covering teams based in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Seoul. We are talking about the likes of NRG Esports and Immortals for those of you who are curious. There are still uncertainties with, for example, Asian teams whose names still haven’t been officially announced.
With all that in mind, one thing is for sure – Overwatch League Investments are surely going to attract even more interest in the event. How much will that help Blizzard with reclaiming its throne in eSports industry? We don’t know for sure… but it will have a significant effect on the issue, that’s for sure!
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