It is a mere two months till the fifth season of Overwatch League kicks off. The inaugural match is being dubbed “The Battle for Texas” and can see Dallas Gas and Houston Outlaws duke it out within the sport’s first dwell, in-person occasion since early 2020. It will additionally mark the debut of Overwatch 2, which makes the entire thing really feel like an enormous bloody deal.
However with simply over six weeks to go, Activision Blizzard remains to be discovering itself with no single sponsor for the match, in accordance with the Washington Post. The league misplaced main sponsors when a lawsuit was filed last year, detailing harrowing allegations of sexual assault and harassment inside the firm.
Enormous names like Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and State Farm halted their promoting partnerships final summer time and none of them intends to cough up the money this 12 months, the Publish says. The businesses declined to remark if the continued allegations have been an element within the decision-making. Comcast, a sponsor for the final season’s League and the proprietor of OWL group Philidelphia Fusion, additionally confirmed it does not plan on sponsoring the league this 12 months. There isn’t any phrase from T-Mobile, one other giant company that pulled its sponsorship final 12 months, however it may be safely assumed it will not be making a monetary return.
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Head of Overwatch League Sean Miller stated there are ongoing discussions with potential companions, each previous and current. “Our plans for the season have been within the works for a while now, and we glance to amplify these plans, clearly, with any potential accomplice,” he stated.
Professional gamers have had the prospect to give Overwatch 2 a try forward of the large match. The sequel has switched up group comps, knocking a tank off and bringing the sport to a 5v5 format. It prompted a little bit of a rumble when the change was first introduced, so it will be fascinating to see how the gamers have settled into the brand new setup. But when the league fails to snag a sponsor this 12 months, it may very effectively spell unhealthy information for its future.