Esports Makes History: London Spitfire Sweeps Overwatch League’s Inaugural Season Grand Finals
Top Gamers Competes at Barclays Center this Weekend!
– Championship Match Among Largest eSports Events in History –
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Saturday, July 28, 2018: Brooklyn, NY – The Overwatch League’s first champion has been decided! The London Spitfire defeated the Philadelphia Fusion in the Overwatch League Grand Finals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight, with London sweeping Philadelphia in the second match of the series, 3-0.
It was a packed house with 22,434 total attendance between the two days of competition. Special musical guests included DJ Khaled, DJ Mick and DJ Envy and celebs from Jon Bon Jovi to D’Angelo Russell & Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets to actors Michael K. Williams and Dylan Sprouse to pro athletes Naomi Osaka (tennis) and Sydney Leroux (soccer) joined in on the excitement.
Fans from all around the world were able to watch the London Spitfire triumph over the Philadelphia Fusion as the Grand Finals matches were broadcast live on ESPN – a first for esports in primetime – as well as on ESPN 2, Disney XD, and Twitch. The London Spitfire earned a $1,000,000 prize, while the Philadelphia Fusion took home $400,000.
After a 40-match regular season, which began on Jan. 10, the top six teams in the standings faced off in two playoff rounds held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. A tale of underdog overachievement, the London Spitfire entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed while the Philadelphia Fusion was the No. 6 seed.