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Activision Blizzard Unveiling Overwatch League's Season 1 Format

The Overwatch League’s inaugural season will launch in January with 12 teams, game publisher Activision Blizzard will announce today. The regular season will begin Jan. 10 and run through June, with playoffs and finals set for July. The league's 12 teams will debut in a series of exhibition matches starting Dec. 10, Blizzard said. All contests will be at a new studio built by Blizzard at Burbank Studios. Blizzard eventually wants to develop a 28-team league and will continue sales efforts hoping to land additional buyers for a second season. That process will focus on building out its international aspirations. Of the 12 charter teams, nine are American.