After being based in Los Angeles during its first season, the Overwatch League will be going on the road in 2019, with a handful of games to be played in teams’ home cities.
The Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Valiant and expansion side Atlanta Reign have signed up for the inaugural “homestand weekends”.
The matches will be an important test for how well the Activision Blizzard-owned league will be able to sell tickets in local markets and engage with teams’ fans.
Dallas Fuel owner and CEO Mike Rufail told the Washington Post: “This is a historic moment and [fans] need to realize that…we feel this is something that will go down in the history books as the moment where we really kind of have our coming-out party as an esports franchise.”
Team owners will foot the bill of these matches but there are reportedly some concerns that they will fail to attract large enough crowds to make money.
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