It’s been a massive year for esports fans across the globe, year after year records are broken, teams are formed, and more sponsorships and opportunity emerges, this latest information may be a key stepping stone to Australia becoming a serious international contender.
As reported by Seamus Byrne in the Financial Review, sources state that Blizzard’s Overwatch League is considering Melbourne as the next entrant into its international city-based series.
The commissioner of the Overwatch League, Nate Nanze, commented on the information, saying; “We’re open to having a conversation about any city,”
“If somebody wants to have a conversation with us about Melbourne, we would definitely have the conversation and be very interested.
The city-based nature of the league presents interesting opportunities for Australia when searching for competitors for the next season, Nanzer reiterated on the league’s intentions;
“It’s a global league, so we want big, globally recognizable cities. Our focus is really on expansion in Europe and throughout Asia Pacific, of which Australia and New Zealand is a part.”
It unsurprising that the Gfinity Australia’s Elite Series has played a big role in the decision-making process, as an established, televised city-based league, the series former general manager of the Sydney Sixers cricket team, Dom Remond elaborated on why this might attract attention
“The fact they can sit there and say ‘that’s similar to what I’ve seen so-and-so do in the Rugby League or what iiNet has done with the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League’, that’s where it is really tangible for them and I think that really has made the difference.”
The conversation closed without confirmation of an Australian city being introduced to the league, though leaves Overwatch fans with a great feeling of anticipation, one that wishes to see their country duking it out overseas.
“The eSports industry is still at the rising tide lifts all boats phase,” said Nanzer. “Whatever we do is going to affect others, whatever others do is going to affect us.”
Read the full article on the Financial Review website.