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San Francisco Shock and LA Valiant partner for California Cup

An off-season event split between two venues.

  • Text: Sam Bishop
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Overwatch League team San Francisco Shock have announced that they've partnered with the Los Angeles Valiant to form the California Cup, an off-season event that will be held on October 20 at the Esports Arena Santa Ana, finishing on November 10 at the Esports Arena Oakland.

Both locations will not only host tournaments at an amateur and collegiate level, but they'll also feature meet-and-greet sessions, exclusive merchandise, gaming PCs, and a match between the Valiant and Shock to see who can become the guardian of the California Cup, the victor taking control of the cup until the next meeting.

"We love the concept of finally bringing our matches to our home market in the Bay Area," said Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports and the San Francisco Shock. "This is the first time an OWL team is announcing a home market match outside of LA. What better way to kick this off than an incredible rivalry match between the Valiant and Shock."

"No matter the competition, the rivalry between Southern California and Northern California is one that is full of passion for the fans and the teams involved," added Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and LA Valiant. "We are excited to partner with the Shock in establishing a new tradition in esports."

As of September 22 at 10:00 PST (18:00 BST) three kinds of tickets will go on sale, as general admission is $25 USD for each event, while VIP is $50, granting access to either the Northern or Southern event plus a VIP swag bag, access to VIP experiences, and a commemorative item. Then there's the PCH package for $75, granting access to both events as well as all the VIP content.

Who can be the guardians of the cup?

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Photo: San Francisco Shock