Season 1 Overwatch League Champions crowned.

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On Saturday, the London Spitfire defeated the Philadelphia Fusion to become the first Overwatch League champions! Going 3-1 on Friday night, and 3-0 on Saturday, the Spitfire made quick work of the Fusion and took home a prize of $1 million US.

The event also spurred a number of memes after the questionable decision to have DJ Khaled perform. He wasn’t a great fit for the crowd, with many in attendance not knowing the songs, and his dancing was a point of amusement online.

The ratings for the event seemed promising for those in the business, but lackluster to those who watch traditional sports. Blizzard said they reached an average of 860,000 concurrent viewers for the 2-day event, with US at about 289,000 in the popular 18-34 demographic, and 605,000 worldwide in that same age range.

New Overwatch franchises revealed.

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Rumored for weeks, the OWL announced yesterday that they’ve added two new cities to their lineup. Both Atlanta, Georgia in the US, and Guangzhou, China will have teams in season 2. No names, colors, or players have been announced yet. The Atlanta team is owned by Cox Enterprises, a media company based in that city, and the Guangzhou team is owned and operated by the Nenking Group, which also known the Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It’s said that there will be six new teams for the 2019 season, so that leaves four to go. Hopefully the rest will be announced soon.

Notable News

  • The Summer Games are set to return next Thursday, August 9! Lucio Ball be in the Busan Arena this year. It’s possible we’re going to be getting yet another revised version of the event, but for sure expect Competitive Lucio Ball to return.

  • Nebula Award winner Alyssa Wong has been hired as a writer for Overwatch.

  • The LA Gladiators are giving away Reinhardt skins to PC players who have over 100 hours played on the hero.

  • We got our first look at the Nerf Rival D.Va gun that will be available next year. This will join the Reaper shotgun that premiered at Comic-Con.

Fan Content of the Week

Artist Bryan Bedford made an Overwatch character model for Soe Gschwind-Penski, interviewer and commentator for the Overwatch League. You can see various renditions of it on his Twitter profile.