The first season of the Overwatch League ended on the weekend when London Spitfire dominated the Philadelphia Fusion in two rounds to win the first championship. This completed an impressive run for the all-new Esport, which managed to attract mainstream attention and even aired on ESPN.
If you've turned on ESPN this weekend, you've been as likely as the Overwatch League coverage selection of baseball, football and golf. Because in addition to the usual streaming possibilities, the big television network also broadcast the league's first season finale, which seems to be a great success.
Over on Polygon they have finished the final showdown between the newly crowned championship London Spitfire and the Philadelphia Fusion. In the first series, the team managed to prevail 3-1, before he took over the complete control on the second day and won 3-0. Three days of competition are planned in the case of a second round, but of course that was not necessary. Along with a championship trophy and an MVP award for Spitfire's Jun Young "Profit" Park, the team won millions of dollars in prize money. Players will see a significant portion of this revenue and amass ammunition for young people worldwide to use against all parents who believe that video games are "not going anywhere".
While there's been point for many years, they've never known the kind of mainstream success in the first season of the Overwatch League. The league came together in the fall of 2017 to compete with a dozen teams around the world on time in the first 2018 season. The result was a professional production that included well-paid athletes, quality shows and arenas full of screaming fans. Hell, the league has mastered even their first big controversies well, acted quickly and fairly to take precedence and prevent negative behavior from bullying everything from OWL before it went fully operational.
Even cooler is the fact that the season and The final tournament was as action-packed as many standard sports, with lots of twists, turns and unexpected results that were peppered on the way there. While the Shanghai Dragons suffered an impressive 0-40 run in their first season, seven of the league's twelve current teams provided victory just five points ahead. In other words, the number two Valiant in Los Angeles ended at 27:13, while the Seoul dynasty with the number eight ended the season at 22-18. This shows that there was fairly balanced competition, with the New York Excelsior turning out to be the dominant force with a 34-6 finish.
As for the Spitfire, they finished fifth in the regular season, but managed to play hard through the tournament to claim their crown.
We expect the competition to become even more interesting next season, as additional teams will be formed in time for the 2019 race.