Comcast Spectacor, the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and the sports branch of the North American cable company Comcast, will join Overwatch League and operate a franchise in Philadelphia, according to a report from ESPN.
The report comes after an earlier ESPN report that OpTic Gaming had acquired an Overwatch League franchise in Houston. Blizzard is also pursuing Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens — owner of North American League of Legends franchise FlyQuest — about operating an Overwatch League franchise potentially out of Chicago, according to the report.
Nine franchises have been confirmed, and three more have been reported. Blizzard’s goal for Season 1 of Overwatch League is 14 teams, according to the report. Season 1 will begin later this year and will take place in Blizzard’s new arena in Burbank, Calif., which was announced last week. The list of confirmed franchises and its owners are as follows:
Boston: Robert Kraft
New York: Jeff Wilpon
Los Angeles: Immortals
Los Angeles: Stan and Josh Kroenke
San Francisco: NRG Esports
Seoul: Kevin Chou