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Blizzard wants to add six teams to Overwatch League

Blizzard wants to add six teams to Overwatch League

Six teams will be joining the Overwatch League in the next season.

That's according to Activision's esports chief Pete Vlastelica who told German media firm Handelsblatt that it was looking to add two teams across Europe and the Middle East, two in the Americas and two in the Asia-Pacific region.

Given Handelsblatt's German focus, the newspaper pressed Vlastelica on whether a team will be appearing in that country and it looks like we may see a Berlin Overwatch League team next time around.

"We are proud to have created the first global sports league," he said, via Translate.

"For this term to become global, truly powerful, we need more teams in key foreign markets. We plan to expand the league by six teams. Two from the Americas, two from Asia-Pacific and two from Europe and the Middle East."

He continued: "If we look at the European market, the focus is on a few locations. Our list does not reflect the largest cities in the world, but the conurbations for Overwatch players. On this list is London, where we already have a team, but also Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and some Scandinavian regions.

"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."


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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