The announcement confirms previous reports about the teams and also caps the first season of Overwatch League at 12 teams. The Philadelphia spot will be owned by Comcast Spectacor, the Houston spot will be owned by OpTic Gaming, and the Dallas spot will be owned by Team EnVyUs, which announced Monday an eight figure investment from the Hersh Interactive Group.
“Comcast Spectacor is thrilled to play a central role in the Overwatch League’s inaugural season and energize the growing esports community in Philadelphia and beyond,” Dave Scott, president and CEO of Comcast, said in a news release.
Blizzard also announced the start date for the inaugural season of the league. The preseason begins Dec. 6 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles with a series of exhibition matches featuring all of the teams. The regular season will begin Jan. 10 and will continue into June, followed by playoffs in July, according to the release.
The signing window for Overwatch League teams has already started and will run through Oct. 31. The final list of cities for Season 1 and their 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
Philadelphia: Comcast Spectacor
Houston: OpTic Gaming
Dallas: Team EnVyUs