• Fri. Oct 7th, 2022

Philadelphia Fusion Shifting Team Operations to South Korea

Philadelphia Fusion Shifting Team Operations to South Korea

One of the most recognized names of the Overwatch League has made a shocking announcement. As Philadelphia Fusion has revealed that they are moving to South Korea to compete in the Pacific Division for the 2021 season. Philadelphia broke the news on 11th December via Twitter. However, they didn?t mention any reasons behind this move. The COVID-19 restrictions in the USA may have made it difficult for them to compete in NA. Another reason could be that their Fusion Arena is still under construction.

In 2019, Comcast Spectacor made a big announcement that an arena that is worth over USD 50M will be constructed for Philadelphia Fusion. The project started in September and was planned to finish by the end of 2020. With a sitting capacity of over 3000 people, it was planned to be the official home ground for Fusion for the 2021 season. However, those plans had to be halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comcast made a public announcement that they will be putting the project on hold. To date, no further news has been announced.

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After the pandemic settles we would likely see the venue benign completed at the  South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It is also the home of the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park, and Lincoln Financial Field

Not good days for the Overwatch League

Aside from the Fusion, other teams are also facing issues in the League. Since sources claim that the Overwatch League squad owners have begun negotiations with Activision Blizzard to reduce franchise payments.

Reports suggest that for most clubs, participation in the OWL remains unprofitable. The situation was aggravated even more by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, many believe that Overwatch never became as culturally significant in the US as Call of Duty. That being said, the eight additional OWL slots that were sold ahead of the second season cost more than the original 12 league seats.

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Insiders claim that those negotiations are ongoing and the parties have not yet made a final decision. One source also highlighted that this is just the beginning of Activision Blizzard’s communication with the teams – more steps are planned to help OWL clubs profit from their participation in the league. However, they want to start with the cost of the franchise, since this is the largest expense item. Blizzard officials have declined to comment.

In the 2020 Overwatch League Finals, San Francisco Shock beat Seoul Dynasty  4-2 to win the competition. This was the second consecutive league title for the North American team. Meanwhile, Philadelphia despite showing great performances in the regular season failed to make its mark in the final as it lost to Shanghai Dragons in the first game of the upper bracket and then was eliminated from the competition after losing to Seoul Dynasty in the lower bracket.

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We wish the best of luck to Philadelphia as well as all the other teams competing in the 2021 season. Since after a very troubled 2020 the Overwatch community will be looking forward to a great 2021 season.


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