We've been reporting on a ton of rumours surrounding the teams that will be joining the Overwatch League as part of its expansion for Season 2, and now we have an official press release that confirms all of these are true, since Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington DC are all getting teams.
This brings the total of teams up to 20, and here are the owners of all the teams, as provided by the press release:
Aquilini Group—A diversified family business that owns the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena, and manages a global conglomerate portfolio will operate the team in Vancouver, Canada
Bilibili—A leading online entertainment company for young people in China, covering a wide array of genres and media formats including: videos, live broadcasting, and mobile games will operate the team in Hangzhou, China
DM Esports—A global company focused on esports entertainment and investments will operate the team in Paris, France
HUYA Inc.—A leading game livestreaming platform in China will operate the team in Chengdu, China
OverActive Media—An integrated company delivering esports and video game entertainment to the Canadian market will operate the team in Toronto, Canada
Washington Esports Ventures—A sports organization founded by Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis, to build and promote esports enterprises will operate the team in Washington, D.C.
"The Overwatch League's inaugural season was a great success," commented Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "This past season alone, fans spent 160 million hours watching the leading Overwatch players in the world compete. We are thrilled to add eight new outstanding team owners from Europe, China, and North America to our Overwatch League ownership group. We now have 20 of the very best owners in professional sports."
We don't know official team names or rosters yet, but of course it's nice to get official confirmation of the teams we've heard so much about already. Are these good additions to the league?