Overwatch League to add teams representing Washington and Hangzhou

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New contenders to take the stage in season 2

As reported by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, the Overwatch League will be adding two more teams in the upcoming season. The announcement of Blizzard Activision selling two slots to investors interested in representing Washington, D.C. and Hangzhou in China follows the league’s recent expansion with Atlanta, Guangzhou,  as well as Paris, and Toronto teams

With 12 teams competing in the inaugural season, the inclusion of Washington and Hangzhou teams would bring the total number of OWL organisations to 18 in 2019. 

With buy-ins for season 1 at $20 million, the price of the slots is rapidly increasing - the Toronto deal closed at a whopping $35 million in August. The high fees do not seem to deter investors, however, as the league’s growth garners more and more attention from international buyers. 

Although no concrete details about the start of the upcoming season have been released, the league announced key dates to look out for:

01/08/2018: Negotiations with currently signed OWL players regarding possible contract extensions begin. Teams may sign members of their affiliated Contenders rosters, as well as initiate trades between organisations.
09/09/2018: Initial Season 1 agreements expire. Players not under contract become free agents.
09/09/2018 - 07/10/2018: Additional signing phase exclusive to the Overwatch League expansion teams.
08/10/2018: Free-agent signing window opens to the remaining teams.
01/12/2018: Deadline for teams to have a roster of 8 players at the minimum.

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