You may be asking yourself, "So what exactly is the Overwatch League and why should I even care? What is it even about?" Well, don't you worry, because I'm going to explain the basis of the Overwatch League (OWL for short), some of the current events surrounding it, and how you can watch/get involved!

So to start off, let's talk about what the Overwatch League is. For those of you who already have a basic level of understanding of normal professional sports, you have your Major League Baseball (MLB), your National Hockey League (NHL), National Basketball Association (NBA), and your National Football League (NFL). The Overwatch League is essentially the video game equivalent but for, well you guessed it, Overwatch. It takes place in Blizzard's own custom arena, however, unlike other sporting events with arenas specific to each team/city. I mean it's a video game, not a sport that's been around for decades upon decades. Of course we aren't to that level. (Though that would be pretty damn cool to see arenas per city.)

Of course, with every sporting event, you have teams. The OWL consists of 12 teams, each from a various major city. Your twelve teams in the Overwatch League hail from places like Houston, Los Angeles, Seoul, London, Boston, Dallas, Shanghai, Florida (no, there was no specific city), New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. If you want to see the teams, you canĀ click here. If you want to see the players on the teams, you can click here. (Be sure to sort by team if you want to view the full team roster in order as opposed to scattered about the list.)

Now, you may be thinking something like "Man that's not a very large team selection to choose from", or "Why isn't [city] on here with a team?" Well, my best answer for you, fine gentleman/lady, is that the League is still new. Keep in mind that Overwatch launched in the summer of 2016, so it's still a relatively new game generally speaking. I wouldn't be surprised to see new teams rise up to the roster but more than likely next season if at all. I would, however, be interested to see new players being drafted to newer teams.

As it stands, the Overwatch League garners higher than 100k concurrent viewers per stream. These numbers come from Twitch alone, whereas other hosts may add up even higher. When one of your teams isn't playing on a day the OWL is live with other games, you may even notice some of your favorite players streaming practices in their downtime. Being a Houston Outlaws fan myself, I find myself peeking at Rawkus and Muma's streams when they are in their off time trying to practice for the matches to come.

Something worth mentioning is that the current season of the Overwatch League is in Stage 3. The way this is handled is that there are 4 stages in the season, with a playoffs and post-season. Each stage consists of 5 weeks of games, with each week including 4 days of playing. Matches in the OWL are Wednesday through Saturday with each day consisting of 3 total matches giving 6 teams a chance to play per day. More than likely you will see some teams play twice in a week. Also, the Overwatch League website has links to watch previous matches from other stages/weeks from the season! For extra convenience if you're a bigger fan like myself, I suggest you install the official Overwatch League app. If you link your information to the app/Twitch, you can even earn credits to buy team-based skins in the game. Wanna rock that Spitfire Genji skin to support Profit? Go right ahead! Wanna snag a fancy Outlaws skin for Winston and represent Muma? Feel free! OWL has plenty of ways to feel like you're part of the action, and that's why I think it's such a fun thing to get into. It's team sports for those who don't like regular sports but have a competitive feeling for certain video games.

Whether you're a fan of Overwatch or not, I definitely suggest checking out the Overwatch League. You may enjoy it just for the high-level gameplay, or even find yourself rooting for a team or two! I'm always eager to learn some play styles of my favorite players as well and see if I can replicate it and better my own skill in game. Granted, I'm not really good at the game, but that won't stop me from wanting to pretend I'm on the Houston Outlaws or something else obscene. Jokes aside, definitely give Overwatch League a shot whether you're a fan of the game, a fan of eSports, or just a fan of team-based events in general. You won't regret the time spent watching!

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