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Blizzard developing an Overwatch professional league
Overwatch’s popularity has remained consistent since the game launched in May, and now Blizzard believes it’s time to start developing a legitimate professional scene.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, speaking during a panel at the recent Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, broke the news:
“What we’re doing is creating professional content. So we’re organising around teams and leagues. You will have the Overwatch League which will have a certain number of teams.
Those teams will be a combination of professional sports teams as owners and endemic sports teams as owners.”
No further details are available yet, but given the enormous popularity of Blizzard’s new hit game, it was only a matter of time before a professional league was developed.
Activision Blizzard also acquired Major League Gaming earlier this year, in addition to having partnerships with Overwatch Open and ESL.
Overwatch is still in its infancy, having just passed the half-year mark since its official release date. Balance adjustments and further refinement of the game are still forthcoming.
Overwatch’s popularity has already been well documented, with more than 20 million registered players worldwide. It’s now time to see how it can develop a professional scene.
Monaco Football Club partners with Epsilon eSports
Epsilon and AS Monaco partner! Exciting times ahead! https://t.co/AAd88NFU0O
— Epsilon Esports (@Epsilon_eSports) October 26, 2016
In consecutive weeks, another major football club has partnered with an esports team. Epsilon eSports announced a new partnership with Monaco just a few days ago.
While the organization is based in Monaco, the club actually plays in the French football system. It’s one of the most successful clubs in France, having won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.
The club has also competed in European football, having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004.
Instead of Epsilon eSports changing its name to Monaco, the team has a rather unique agreement.
One of their FIFA players, Nathan “Sneaky” Nayagom, will wear the famous red and white jersey during matches. Sneaky just joined the team a few months ago and hails from Sweden.
Epsilon eSports published an official statement on its website:
We are pleased to announce our partnership with historic football club: AS Monaco. As part of this project, an ambassador has been designated among our FIFA players. Nathan “Sneaky” Nayagom will represent this emblematic football club for the whole 2016-2017 season.
Both parties share common traits, such as, a history of success at the top level, strong management processes and a positive social media presence. This explains why a partnership with AS Monaco made perfect sense to us here at Epsilon, and they will take benefit from our experience and expertise in eSports.
Considering the potential for development that this partnership will represent in the future, we are sure it is only the beginning of a long and great story.
Earlier this month, Paris Saint-Germain, a French professional football club based in Paris, purchased the rights to Team Huma.
YellOwStaR retires from professional play
Today is the day I stop.
— YellOwStaR (@YellOwStaRL0L) October 19, 2016
After rejoining Fnatic last split, Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim has decided to hang up his mouse and keyboard for good.
YellOwStaR will go down as a legend in the EU LCS, a player who not only helped shape his real team, Fnatic, but also the entire European region. Of his six years playing as a professional, YellOwStaR spent almost four of those playing for Fnatic.
YellOwStaR started out as an ADC for Fnatic when he first joined the team, having qualified for two World Championships previously with Against All Authority and SK Gaming.
In Fnatic’s first split with YellOwStaR, the team would end up going 22-6 during the first-ever EU LCS Spring Split.
In 2013, YellOwStaR made the decision to leave his ADC role and convert to support. This decision would come to define the type of player YellOwStaR was.
Fnatic enjoyed a largely successful 2014, winning both EU LCS Summer and Spring Splits.
After longtime members departed before the start of 2015, it was YellOwStaR who stayed onboard to right the ship.
YellOwStaR and Fnatic would go on to have an historic 2015 Summer Split, sweeping all 18 games.
Who won the MVP of that split? You guessed it, YellOwStaR.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. 2016 was a year of disappointment for YellOwStaR.
Once again, most of the members of Fnatic parted ways after a semifinal appearance at Worlds the season prior. This time, YellOwStaR wasn’t willing to stick around for another rebuild, instead opting to play overseas for North America’s Team SoloMid.
From the very get-go, you could tell YellOwStar wasn’t a fit for TSM.
Doublelift and YellOwStaR’s playstyles did not mesh, and TSM just looked broken all split. They finished the Spring Split in sixth place, by far the worst split TSM has ever experienced.
YellOwStaR then returned to Europe, which he considers home, and rejoined the 2016 Summer Split Fnatic squad. The disappointment would unfortunately continue, as Fnatic just wasn’t good enough to qualify for Worlds, meaning YellOwStaR would miss his first career Worlds.
YellOwStaR joins newly formed PSG as head of esports
New office. New challenge. #DreamBigger
— PSG Esports (@PSGeSports) October 20, 2016
Before memory clips ofYellOwStaR’s career could even be queued, Europe’s legend was already making career moves, this time, as management instead of a player.
The former Fnatic support has joined Paris Saint-Germain as the head of the organization’s new esports division. YellOwStaR will be responsible for scouting players for an upcoming League of Legends squad, and will also live in the team house in Berlin.
YellOwStaR will not act as a coach or player.