Overwatch League, the eSports league for Overwatch developed by Blizzard Entertainment, is one of the largest gaming leagues in the world. Blizzard has been planning to expand the league by having more participating teams. German site Handelsblatt recently conducted an interview (spotted by PC Gamer) with Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of the Overwatch League. He explained that Blizzard wants six more teams playing in the upcoming Overwatch League. Blizzards wants six teams: two teams from America, two from Asia-Pacific, and two from Europe and Middle East. (The interview is Google Translated.)
Vlastelica said that the main focus is on Berlin, as well as on a few other locations in Europe. Teams from “Paris, Amsterdam and some Scandinavian regions” are expected. He believes that the eSports market in Germany has slowly reached the same level of maturity as in USA for a younger demographic.
“Germany plays an important role for us. This is particularly true for Berlin with its rich history of e-sports, founder scene and liveliness. Add to this the demographic profile and the cultural significance of the city.”
“We want a team in Berlin. We hold many discussions and, without being able to reveal details, we will have a team there at the latest next year.”
Regarding cost, Vlastelica did not give us a figure, but he did say that the “value of franchises in our league has increased since then.” He continues, “There is great interest from financial investors. But what we really want is stewards who have the strategic resources to benefit the league. And from which other teams can learn.”
The second season of the Overwatch League will take place in Los Angeles. Details have not been revealed but we can expect to see a team in Berlin as soon as next year.