NY is in the same boat.
The biggest reason why I can’t support OWL is because it’s literally a game on repeat. Every match is picked from 1-2 maps. Usually both teams run dive (Winston, Dva, Mercy, Zen, Tracer, and a fill DPS) however a few go outside the box (like Dallas but they’ve lost every game so far because they don’t specialize in Dive).
For the most part the team names/locations don’t matter, but since it doesn’t matter few people actually care about a team. I like Dallas because I know the players and I like how they aren’t meta slaves, but them losing to Dive is a reason driving me away from the game.
I want OWL to fail since Blizzard has mishandled every aspect of the game, however if it does fail it will setback esports being taken seriously for many years.
Not how it works. Since they are set up as “the London Spitfire” that’s how they’ll be perceived each time they play. It wasn’t up to the players to name/declare a location.
Then the fact that just entering the league costs 20 million $$$ is enough to scare away anyone who is interested in dabbling in esports, moreso OWL. Dallas AFAIK got sponsored by Jack in the Box, thus they aren’t owned by a larger esports team. Houston AFAIK is OpTIc. London AFAIK is cloud9 based.
They just milked the easy targets that takes esports seriously. The players are just the pawns on the chessboard.