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Overwatch League's first major partnerships are with HP and Intel

03 November 2017

If you're pumped for the Overwatch World Cup that will be hosted this weekend at BlizzCon, then you'll want to check this out. Esports is expected to be a $1.5 billion market by 2020, according to market researcher Newzoo. Intel is also sponsoring additional Overwatch events on top of those with the League. The league will include city-based teams in Asia, Europe and North America right from the beginning, Korcurek notes. Twelve teams bought into the Overwatch League, which will be held initially in Los Angeles. Blizzard will present from three stages at BlizzCon: the main "Mythic" stage, the Overwatch Arena and the Hearthstone tournament stage.

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Tomorrow marks the start of this year's BlizzCon, Blizzard's own expo to showcase the developer's games from the long-running World of Warcraft to newer properties like Overwatch, which recently celebrated its first anniversary in May. We're sure there's more in the pipeline, but the clock's ticking. On Saturday evening Blizzard will officially kick off the much-touted Overwatch League.

BlizzCon has gradually been evolving into an eSports arena, particularly since the launch of online multiplayer shooter Overwatch previous year. "Multiyear collaborations such as this illustrate the momentum behind the Overwatch League as well as a long-term commitment by us and our partners in what we see as the future of esports".

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"For Omen, in particular, we have an wonderful set of competitive hardcore products that we're excited for", Josh Kocurek, global marketing management for gaming and esports for HP said.

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Overwatch League's first major partnerships are with HP and Intel