Shared Overwatch League slides prompt hype and hysteria

Recently at a roadshow of sorts, Nate Nanzer of the Blizzard esports team unpacked plans for the preliminary Overwatch League to prospective owners and investors. While the entirety of what occurred has not yet been publicly divulged, owners did share pictures of some of the slides with resident community member Slasher, who promptly posted the details he learned on Twitter.

The screencap itself is particularly interesting because it lists 16 prominent cities: 11 in North America, 3 in Europe, and 2 in Asia. While the imbalanced region representation generated massive uproar, the slide notably had a disclaimer in the bottom right corner: "Illustrative Cities and Locations."

Perhaps one of the reasons that so many were ready to believe the listing was final was that these locations are reasonable in terms of funding. While China would be misrepresented (their esports market is incredibly inflated), North America, Europe, and Korea would all be proportionally represented according to many esports veterans. However, many are worried that skill is not proportionally represented, though we do know that region locking will not be a factor.

Nate Nanzer later confirmed that the slideshow was only depicting an idea used for the purpose of educating attendees, and was certainly not confirmation of anything, but the question remains: why these cities? The previous belief was that 2017 would see an American Overwatch League which would serve as a preliminary season, while Korea would continue with OGN and China would go through their now-revealed Overwatch Premier Series.

With European teams moving over to American cities (think Rogue to Las Vegas), the overwhelming belief was that all teams keen on participating would need to relocate to North America. The slideshow calls this notion into question given the international locations.

Of course, it's hard to draw any real conclusions from the picture, especially when so little information has left the meeting itself. The cities listed could potentially just be locations for Overwatch League slots in future years; they could also end up being the represented cities for the first year of play. Some seem to believe that the worldwide locations might simply represent name only, while a LAN league akin to League of Legends' LCS would form.

However, the information ends there, while the speculation begins. Given the lack of information from all parties involved, all the public can do is wait.

#1
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I can't imagine how stressful it is for some of these org's having very little idea as to what the final picture for OWL is.

OWL can make or break this game as an Esport in one swift launch.

I can't imagine how stressful it is for some of these org's having very little idea as to what the final picture for OWL is.

OWL can make or break this game as an Esport in one swift launch.
#2
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Can't imagine players would be thrilled to be flying from country to country all the time

Can't imagine players would be thrilled to be flying from country to country all the time
#3
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Wouldn't complain if this was what the city lineup looked like - I wish we'd just get a time frame for additional details :/

Wouldn't complain if this was what the city lineup looked like - I wish we'd just get a time frame for additional details :/
#4
3 Frags +

Still so confusing how all of this is going to work

Still so confusing how all of this is going to work
#5
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Thorin went in on it yesteday too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJKH_rLLeNI

Thorin went in on it yesteday too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJKH_rLLeNI
#6
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Still sure the first season will be NA. "Global" is just a more impressive idea to sell.

Have any Korean teams/players even talked about moving to NA? Surely they would have to for the money... unless Blizzard have assured them that there will be big Korean tournaments until they can join the league without moving.

Still sure the first season will be NA. "Global" is just a more impressive idea to sell.

Have any Korean teams/players even talked about moving to NA? Surely they would have to for the money... unless Blizzard have assured them that there will be big Korean tournaments until they can join the league without moving.
#7
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RIP whoever lands in Mexico City.

RIP whoever lands in Mexico City.
#8
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They said that in 2017 will start a sort of pre season with less team and in 2018 they add more teams..... so i think this will be the lineup for the prr season

They said that in 2017 will start a sort of pre season with less team and in 2018 they add more teams..... so i think this will be the lineup for the prr season
#9
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uhm, it doesn't mean anything, but i kinda find funny that junkrat's riptire is the symbol for paris (it explodes and stuff)
now this still doesn't show the whole community much, but i hope it shows the orgs enough to make them interested, because right now only hardcore esport fans are following the scene

uhm, it doesn't mean anything, but i kinda find funny that junkrat's riptire is the symbol for paris (it explodes and stuff)
now this still doesn't show the whole community much, but i hope it shows the orgs enough to make them interested, because right now only hardcore esport fans are following the scene
#10
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pendaCan't imagine players would be thrilled to be flying from country to country all the time

So they [Americans/Euros] for example, would rather spend months in Korea at a time as they currently do for APEX?

If anything they should really have like 4 teams a region and have some intercontinental play and not a ton. In America, baseball has the American league and National league and they play their division teams more often then the other teams in the entire league.

4 Pacific teams, 4 Asian teams, 4 NA, 4 EU, etc.etc.,

having 16 teams randomly plucked in places seems like a stretch.

[quote=penda]Can't imagine players would be thrilled to be flying from country to country all the time[/quote]

So they [Americans/Euros] for example, would rather spend months in Korea at a time as they currently do for APEX?

If anything they should really have like 4 teams a region and have some intercontinental play and not a ton. In America, baseball has the American league and National league and they play their division teams more often then the other teams in the entire league.

4 Pacific teams, 4 Asian teams, 4 NA, 4 EU, etc.etc.,

having 16 teams randomly plucked in places seems like a stretch.
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