The Overwatch League will welcome a new North American team for Atlanta, according to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf.
This comes hot off Wolf’s confirmation of Paris and Guangzhou teams a few days ago. The Atlanta, Paris and Guangzhou teams would be three out of six previously confirmed expansion teams to join the League in its second season.
Unlike the Paris and Guangzhou teams, Wolf reports that the Atlanta team’s agreement has been finalised. They are the first team to finalise their plans to join Season Two of the Overwatch League.
Reportedly, the buy-in cost for an expansion team is between $30-60 million USD, depending on various factors and the region in question.
Previously, it was reported that Inaugural Season teams paid around $20 million USD for their spot, so the increase in price for Season Two is substantial.
The Atlanta team spot has reportedly been purchased by Cox Enterprises, a Georgia-based conglomerate. The Overwatch League is Cox Enterprises’ first investment in any kind of esport.
Wolf also reports that a representative from Cox Enterprises was in attendance at the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Friday at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
With a Paris, Guangzhou and Atlanta team now confirmed by ESPN, three spots remain out of the six expansion teams for Season Two; one more based in the United States, one more in Europe and one more for the Asia-Pacific region.
The player signing period for expansion teams looms ahead, so keep an eye out for official confirmation in the coming weeks.
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