Activision Blizzard has today announced the official first seven sales of spots in the Overwatch League, accompanied with cities for each investor. The list of team owners below includes both established esports organisations and those for traditional sports, and is as follows:
· Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)
· Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
· Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
· Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
· Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
· NetEase (Shanghai)
· Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul)
"Overwatch already connects over 30 million players worldwide. The Overwatch League will celebrate and reward our most accomplished players and give fans more opportunities to engage with each other," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in the press release. "We're excited to be working with leaders from esports and traditional sports to celebrate our players and to establish the Overwatch League."
"It's an honor to be selected as one of the ownership groups in the inaugural season of its new league," said Jeff Wilpon, co-founder and partner at Sterling.VC, a Sterling Equities venture capital fund. "We view our participation in the Overwatch League as a major opportunity to take a lead position where technology is converging with sports and media. This partnership with the Overwatch League and with some of the elite ownership groups in professional sports, offers a unique opportunity to connect with millions of dedicated fans, engaged and passionate about one of the world's fastest growing sports, and to continue proudly representing New York."
Do these sales indicate a promising future for Overwatch esports?