We cannot wait to see how the two new Overwatch League teams do in season 2.
Ahead of the second Overwatch League, there will be two teams entering the competition.
While there had been previous reports that Paris and Guangzhou would be getting teams, that is only half right. While there is no news on whether or not the Paris franchise will go ahead or not, we will be getting another American team, in the form of Atlanta.
The Atlanta side will be backed by Cox Enterprises, communication, media, and automotive company and Province, Inc to form Atlanta Esports Ventures. This will be the 10th North American side to join the Overwatch League, while Europe (at the time of writing) still sit on just one team.
Speaking about the team launch, Paul Hamilton, the president and CEO of Atlanta Esports Ventures, said to ESPN: “The popularity of Overwatch and esports, in general, has created a diverse fan-base that we in Atlanta are excited to engage.
“With the creativity of Blizzard Entertainment and the determination of Atlanta Esports Ventures, we are poised to create the preeminent esports team in the heart of the Southeast.”
Interestingly, there will be a second Chinese side and third South East Asian team in the form of Guangzhou. This will be Nenking Group, who currently own the Guangzhou Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
“We are so excited to bring an Overwatch League team to Guangzhou,” said chairman Zhong Naixiong.
“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.”
With the second season of the Overwatch League likely to start in January 2019, it will be interesting to see if any more teams are added to the league. For Atlanta and Guangzhou, they will now be on the lookout for some of the best free agents around and to see if they can snap up any established OWL players.