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London Spitfire Captures History as Overwatch League’s Inaugural Season Champions

12:39 PM July 30, 2018

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 on July 28 (EST), with London sweeping Philadelphia in the second match of the series, 3-0.

Fans all around the world were able to watch London Spitfire triumph over Philadelphia Fusion as the Grand Finals matches were broadcast live on ESPN – a first for esports in primetime – as well as ESPN 2, Disney XD, and Twitch. London Spitfire earned a $1,000,000 prize, while Philadelphia Fusion walked away with $400,000.

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2018-07-27 / Photo: for Blizzard Entertainment

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, London Spitfire entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed while Philadelphia Fusion was the No. 6 seed.

The Overwatch League is the first truly global professional esports league, with 12 teams from 4 different countries and 3 continents. The league’s diversity was on full display during the Grand Finals, with players representing South Korea, Russia, France, Israel, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Spain.

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2018-07-27 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Keep up with all of the latest Overwatch League news and content on the Overwatch League website, as well as on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube. For a full recap of the Grand Finals, visit OverwatchLeague.com/news.

 

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