DALLAS (December 12, 2018) – The Overwatch League is coming to North Texas. The Overwatch League, the first global professional esports league with city-based teams, today revealed the 2019 season schedule, which includes a weekend of eight matches hosted in North Texas by the Dallas Fuel franchise on April 27–28, 2019.
This is the first time in Overwatch League history that regular-season matches will be played anywhere other than Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The Dallas Fuel will host the first-ever home match for a franchise, taking on the Los Angeles Valiant on Saturday, April 27.
Ultimate Weekend – Dallas will feature competition among eight of the 20 Overwatch League teams, with four matches played each day. The weekend will conclude with the sole regular-season meeting between the Dallas Fuel and their in-state rivals the Houston Outlaws on Sunday, April 28.
Fans interested in tickets can sign up now at DallasFuel.com for the priority access ticket sale, which will launch on December 19, at 10 a.m. CST. Only reserved seating will be offered.
“It is an honor to have Dallas selected as the first team to bring Overwatch League matches into a home market,” said Mike Rufail, owner of the Dallas Fuel. “Texas is where I was born and raised. I know our home crowd will want to be a big part of this experience and fans from all around the world will have a chance to make esports history with us in North Texas. We will deliver an experience and weekend of entertainment that lives up to Texas standards.”
All matches during Ultimate Weekend – Dallas will be played at the Allen Event Center, a versatile sports and event venue located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The event is expected to draw the largest spectator crowd ever to watch a live regular-season Overwatch League match. The Allen Event Center is situated near one of the largest mixed-use developments in the U.S., with ample parking, hotel accommodations, restaurants, and retail within a short distance.
The Dallas Fuel and the Overwatch League are planning a weekend-long series of festival-style events, including autograph signings with Overwatch League teams and players, sponsor exhibitions, and family-friendly activations.
“This is going to be an incredible weekend on a number of levels: local gaming enthusiasts are going to get a can’t-miss event in their backyard, Overwatch fans will have the opportunity to travel to North Texas for a historic weekend of matchups, and the streaming audience from around the world will get to join in on the excitement,” said Geoff Moore, president of the Dallas Fuel. “We’re thrilled that our first-ever home match is part of a two-day Overwatch League festival that will showcase this region’s passion for esports and make for a unique debut among the storied Dallas sports franchises.”
In addition to the Dallas Fuel, reigning Overwatch League champions the London Spitfire will play two matches during the weekend. Chengdu, Hangzhou, Houston, Los Angeles, Paris, and Seoul round out the eight Overwatch League teams scheduled to compete.
Saturday, April 27
Paris Eternal vs. London Spitfire
Hangzhou Spark vs. Chengdu Hunters
Houston Outlaws vs. Seoul Dynasty
Los Angeles Valiant vs. Dallas Fuel
Sunday, April 28
Hangzhou Spark vs. Paris Eternal
Chengdu Hunters vs. London Spitfire
Seoul Dynasty vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Houston Outlaws vs. Dallas Fuel
Fans interested in tickets to Ultimate Weekend – Dallas can sign up for priority access at DallasFuel.com. Single-day and weekend reserved seating, as well as VIP packages and hospitality suites, will be available. The Dallas Fuel will launch a presale for members of the priority access list on December 19, at 10 a.m. CST.
The Allen Event Center is located at 200 E. Stacy Road Number 1350, Allen, TX 75002. The venue is a short distance from major transportation hubs at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. For more information or driving directions, visit alleneventcenter.com.
About Dallas Fuel
Dallas Fuel, one of 12 esports franchises selected to compete in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, is owned and operated by Dallas-based esports organization Envy Gaming, Inc. Envy was founded as a professional Call of Duty team in 2007 and has grown into one of the largest and most winning esports groups in the world. The internationally diverse Dallas Fuel roster consists of the best talent from around the globe, with players and coaches from seven different countries. For more information on the Dallas Fuel, follow the team on Twitter @DallasFuel.
This article was lifted verbatim from a press release sent to Inven Global. Images provided by Dallas Fuel.