While also commenting on players not hailing from the cities they represent
In an interview with Inven Global, Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer not only revealed the league’s lofty ambitions in terms of participating teams going forward, he also commented on the teams’ rosters and issues surrounding players’ origin not matching the cities they play for.
“How many guys from the New York Yankees are from New York? It’s very common in the traditional sports scenes. Son Heung-min plays for Tottenham, and Tottenham fans don’t care where he’s from, he’s a superb football player and that’s all that matters to the Tottenham fans.” he said casually.
He also shared his thoughts on the disadvantages of esports compared to traditional sports and where Overwatch stand out on this aspect. “The disadvantage that esports has compared to traditional sports is that since traditional sports have been around for so long, even if you don’t like that sport, you know roughly what the rules are. If a friend took you to a game that you don’t know about, that friend will spend the first 20-30 minutes explaining the rules of the game.” he explained.
Elaborating on how Overwatch stands out when compared to other esport titles, Nanzer added “One of the advantages Overwatch has is that it’s pretty simple. It’s easy to explain. Obviously there’s more depth to it, but the same can be said of traditional sports. I definitely think that as the esports scene grows, the audience will grow as well.”
The interview was part of his visit to the Korean Blizzard office, coinciding with the launch of Overwatch Contenders Korea and he had this to say when asked about the league’s aim compared to its current state. “To actually realize our vision and goals, we are going to need more teams around the world. We will be starting conversations about season 2 expansion teams and we’re really focused on additional teams in Asia and Europe. Eventually our goal is to have around 28 teams around the world.”
28 teams in 28 cities all around the world? Now that’s a massive task never attempted by any sports league. We would love to see this one pan out as intended.
To read the full transcript of the interview, head over to the Inven Global post here.