According to the latest reports, Blizzard plans to add six more teams to its successful Overwatch eSports League, with Germany as the destination for the next Overwatch League team. Reports also show that South Asia and America are also targets, but the priority for Blizzard's new company seems to be Berlin. This is in line with what the company had already indicated in February, when Blizzard officials said the league would expand in its second season. This first report did not come with many details, although it was repeated again earlier this month. Thanks to a recent interview with the German Handelsblatt, Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues CEO confirmed to Pete Vlastelica that Blizzard will take on six more teams in the second season. The ideal plan is for two teams to come from America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
According to PCGamer:
Vlastelica said Blizzard focuses on Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and "some Scandinavian regions", but he has also committed himself specifically to Berlin. "Germany plays an important role for us, especially in Berlin, with its rich history of esports, the founders' scene and liveliness, its demographic profile and cultural significance," he said.
"We want a team in Berlin, we have a lot of discussions and, without being able to disclose any details, we will have a team there by the next year at the latest." (The quote is Google translated, but the intent is clear.)  "Discussions with interest groups" have also taken place in France, Spain and Sweden, Vlastelica said, although he declined to say the most likely to get a franchise, or if it could happen. He also declined to say how much expansion teams will cost: it was reported but never confirmed that the original Overwatch League franchise sold for $ 20 million each, but Blizzard said during his February 2018 earnings reporting that the price for Expansion franchises will probably be higher. Sources said ESPN last May that Blizzard had trouble starting teams because the fees were too high, but Vlastelica said that the first round of franchises actually "exceeded expectations," adding, "It's clear that the value of Since then, franchises in our league have been increasing. "
Vlastelica went on to say that Blizzard would not play home and away games in Season Two, but instead all games in Burbank, CA, will be played as in the first season. The current plan calls for home and away games to start in the league's third season. This is probably due to the increased complexity in building suitable LAN arenas in the different home cities.
(last update May 28, 2018 17:03 )