Overwatch League adds new teams from Rams, Cloud9 owners

Overwatch World Cup held at the Overwatch Arena @ Blizz Con 2016- Anaheim CA- Nov 4-5 2016.         Blizzard

The goal for the Overwatch League's first season is 12 teams, according to the site, which also reported on Monday a rumor that Team EnVyUs is set to buy the rights to a team based in Texas. Cloud9 has become the first UK-based franchise to be taking part, meanwhile, another Los Angeles based team has also been added to the roster, owned by the parent company of Arsenal, the Denver Nuggets and L.A Rams.

Two more cities are joining the arena, as the Overwatch developer announced this morning that both Los Angeles and London now have owners for their professional teams.

"We're thrilled to add Jack Etienne of Cloud9 and Stan and Josh Kroenke of the Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal Football Club, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to our group of extraordinary Overwatch League owners around the world".

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Today's reveal brings the total number of confirmed teams in the Overwatch League to nine and introduces the first team representing a city in Europe. From August 1 until October 30, teams can sign Overwatch players to a contract that guarantees a minimum of $50,000 per year and 50% of all team performance bonuses from winning league events being passed directly on to the players.

"We applaud the creation of the Overwatch League, and couldn't be happier partnering with an organization that shares our values and vision of serving athletes, teams, and fans", said Etienne. Players will also receive health insurance and a pension in addition to access to a player house and practice facilities.

"Building communities around the best competitive experiences in the world is incredibly rewarding, and the Overwatch League offers the chance to create something special", KSE Esports co-founder Josh Kroenke said. Blizzard still needs to sign on more to really flesh out the league but so far, this is looking like a good start. It also shows that, just like the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, more than one team can be based in a single city.

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