took to the stage at the Sports Leaders Conference to talk about their upcoming 'Overwatch League'. There was one slide in particular that caught the eye of fans across social media, which seemed to reveal the cities that Blizzard plan to utilize in their upcoming league.
— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) March 22, 2017
It was later revealed that the city list was merely used for 'illustrative purposes', and that nothing had been confirmed regarding which cities would be granted spots in the upcoming league, however some believe that the reveal may have been used to gauge public response, and that this is what the league currently looks like. The general consensus was not good for the company. Eleven Cities in North America, three in Europe, and only two in Asia did not sit well with fans from regions outside of North America. With many pointing out the fact that historically, in both Overwatch and other PC based Esports, Asia and Europe have outperformed North America, and thus are deserving of more of a representation. Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer later tweeted
Nothing to see here guys. A slide I made for the audience here to illustrate the vision. The word "illustrative" is in the bottom corner... https://t.co/8pZAtFzka7— Nate Nanzer (@natenanzer) March 22, 2017
Whether or not this was an attempt to test the waters by Blizzard, they have successfully managed to do so. There is still an alarming lack of details regarding the league, in which spots have been rumoured to be valued anywhere between $2 million and $30 million. The league is due to begin in September this year, and has been touted as the biggest esports league in the world.