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  • While gaming in the South is sparse compared to the rest of the country, it is indeed growing. Atlanta just became the headquarters of ELeague that has been home to an ongoing CS: GO League but also hosted a brief Overwatch tournament. Atlanta would be the ideal city to hold an Overwatch team to represent the South. It also doesn’t hurt that the city has a long list of strong traditional sports teams themselves.

    Austin

    With the popularity of DreamHack Cheap CSGO Skins and SXSW, Austin would be a strong location for an Overwatch team. As Texas is already house to a solid fan base for their traditional groups, adding esports to the mix shouldn’t be difficult at all. Texas would also be another powerful southern choice as it’s fairly centrally located.

    Washington D. C.

    As the city’s sports and conventions authority, Events D. D. have recently sponsored NRG Esports, as well as Washington D. Chemical. will soon become the go-to location for esports on the East coastline of the country. However , NRG Co-Owner, Andy Miller, previously dismissed claims that this mean they would become the D. C. team for the OWL. Along with the sponsorship, D. C. also announced plans for a $65m (£52. 3m) arena in late 2018. While the facility will primarily be the residence of the Washington Mystics, it’s said to be “fully tailored and wired for esports”; a perfect home arena to have an Overwatch team.

    Money talks

    According to Sports Business Daily, the buy-in for clubs could reach upwards of $2 – $3m (£1. 5 – £2. 3m) and even triple that for any city like Los Angeles. Overwatch is still such a young game and also it’s unlikely that this figure could accurately hold true considering the holes of information currently about the league. The buy-ins (and possible qualifiers) also solidify the teams within the league meaning there will unlikely be any sort of relegation.

    Regardless, the actual assumption of this buy-in cost is astronomical for most current esports organisations. Few are able to even house their players right now let alone completely relocate them in a new city they represent. However , traditional sports organisations continue to merge with esports organisations left, right and centre meaning that investments are on the particular rise.

    While the city based league appears to be an innovative approach to esports, this has been attempted before with the Championship Gaming Series ten years ago. It lasted barely a year.

    That said, esports was outrageously different ten years ago and as it continues to progress the Overwatch League could be the perfect ‘guinea pig’ for attempting this format again.

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