Blizzard’s Overwatch League is still going strong after its record breaking launch and already looks already to be a huge addition to the eSports world.
10 million fans tuned in to watch the new league over its first weekend whilst live tickets to the events have equally been flying off the shelves.
As it stands, after 4 rounds of stage 1, Seoul Dynasty, New York Excelsior and London Spitfire are all tied for 1st place with 4 wins from 4. In fact, league flyers London Spitfire have indicated their intent to make use of Tottenham Hotspur FC’s brand new 60,000 seater stadium upon completion in the hope of drawing crowds to rival that of a Premier League football match to the Overwatch League matches played in the UK capital.
It appears the key to having a successful Overwatch team is to feature only South Korean players. Dynasty, Excelsior and Spitfire all possess entirely South Korean line-ups, and all three are yet to lose a fixture.
Most expected the Seoul and London teams to be near the top prior to the beginning of the season, but New York Excelsior have arguably impressed the most so far.
Here is a clip of one of the points of the game between New York Excelsior and Los Angeles Gladiators:
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) 20 January 2018
Like anything, big viewership leads to big money. Amazon owned Twitch have reportedly paid a whopping £65m for broadcasting rights of the first two years of the newly formed league showing huge promise for Blizzard.
eSports loyals will be very interested to hear that the Overwatch League drew more viewers than the North American LoL Championship Series this weekend, a massive achievement for any eSport, let alone a new one.
LoL has notoriously been arguably the biggest player in the eSports world, and to eclipse the views of a gaming powerhouse like LoL, Blizzard should be very proud.
Even they could not have predicted the success that the Overwatch League has achieved across its first 10 days of existence.
It is still early days yet but it looks like we may have a new eSports giant developing rapidly to rival the existing big dogs such as LoL.
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