It may have money to spare - its parent company, Activision Blizzard, Inc., earned $6.61 billion in 2016 - but it doesn't have a lot of experience running professional game tournaments. If the league can keep viewer numbers high throughout each week of the season, this may be one of the biggest success stories in the history of esports.
The League itself is separated into two distinct divisions: Atlantic and Pacific.
Tomorrow's matches are: London Spitfire vs Florida Mayhem, Philadelphia Fusion vs Houston Outlaws, and Boston Uprising vs New York Excelsior.
Scott "Custa" Kennedy is the lone Australian face in the league, now listed on Dallas Fuel's roster.
With the remaining six teams in action tomorrow, hopefully there continues to be some closely fought battles to create even more excitement around the league. "There are lots of expectations around the Overwatch League". For the first season, 12 franchises are representing major cities in Asia, Europe, and North America. MLG handled the exclusive streaming of the pre-season matches. Only 18 years old, the young Overwatch prodigy has had a reputation for carrying teams due to his insane DPS having once infamously racked up 50% of his entire team's final blows during his pre-OWL days on a semi-decent teamed called Flash Lux.
Fans have been waiting for the start of the Overwatch League for over a year and on January 10th 2018 it finally came to our screens. The next four teams by full-season record will playoff to take on the division champions.
ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV are expected to be the official broadcasting platforms of the Overwatch League in China, providing livestreams, VODs, feature programs, and other exciting esports content to Chinese audiences.
You can buy tickets for the live matches if you happen to be in Los Angeles area when they occur. Dallas took Map 1, Junkertown, 3-2.
There are 12 Overwatch League teams, and there are now over 100 professional players, but Geguri isn't one of them, despite being available. Anyone with speedy enough internet access will be able to catch every match there. Overwatch's developer, Blizzard Entertainment, in the fall of '16 announced plans for a league "backed by deep-pocketed investors" including Rams Owner Stan Kroenke and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft. You can grab it on iOS here and on Android here.