LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The rivalry between Northern and Southern California reaches new heights as the Los Angeles Valiant and San Francisco Shock, inaugural franchises in Blizzard’s Overwatch League, announce the formation of the California Cup. Unique to esports, the official home-and-home Overwatch League off-season event showcase begins on October 20 at the Esports Arena Santa Ana and finalizes on November 10 at the Esports Arena Oakland.
Both locations will feature an intimate meet-and-greet with the new-look Shock and Valiant rosters, amateur and collegiate Overwatch tournaments, exclusive merchandise, free-to-play computers and more. Each event will culminate in a match between the Valiant and Shock to determine the guardian of the California Cup.
“We love the concept of finally bringing our matches to our home market in the Bay Area,” said Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports and the San Francisco Shock. “This is the first time an OWL team is announcing a home market match outside of LA. What better way to kick this off than an incredible rivalry match between the Valiant and Shock.”
Beginning with the California Cup showcase this off-season and continuing throughout the Overwatch League, in all head-to-head matches between the two teams, the victor will take control of the California Cup until the next meeting.
“No matter the competition, the rivalry between Southern California and Northern California is one that is full of passion for the fans and the teams involved,” said Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and LA Valiant. “We are excited to partner with the Shock in establishing a new tradition in esports.”
Starting September 22 at 10:00 AM PST, three ticket packages will be available for purchase:
- General ($25): Admission to Southern California OR Northern California event.
- VIP ($50): Admission to Southern California OR Northern California event plus VIP swag bag, access to on-site VIP experience, and commemorative inaugural California Cup item. A limited number of tickets at this price are available for purchase.
- PCH Package ($75): Admission to Southern California AND Northern California event plus VIP swag bag, access to on-site VIP experience, and commemorative inaugural California Cup item. A limited number of tickets at this price are available for purchase.
About the Los Angeles Valiant and Immortals LLC
The Los Angeles Valiant are one of two Los Angeles-based franchises in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, which began play in January 2018 as the first esports league to feature local market affiliations for its teams. The LA Valiant are owned and operated by Immortals, LLC, a global esports organization based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2015, Immortals has raised strategic investment from AEG, Lionsgate, Meg Whitman, the Milken Family, and Steve Kaplan. Immortals contends in leading esports titles including Rainbow Six: Siege, DOTA2, and Super Smash Brothers, in addition to mobile esports Clash Royale and Arena of Valor. In June 2018, Immortals re-launched iconic Brazilian esports brand MIBR, which competes with the most popular and competitively-successful roster assembled in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Immortals and the Los Angeles Valiant strive to create a long-lasting and welcoming community of professional gamers, aspiring players, and passionate fans, united by a commitment to competitive success and inclusivity. For additional information, please visit: LAValiant.com, facebook.com/LAValiant, and follow on Twitter: @LAValiant.
About the San Francisco Shock and NRG Esports
The San Francisco Shock, one of the 12 esports franchises competing in the Overwatch League's inaugural season, is owned by NRG esports, a San Francisco-based esports organization competing in eight professional video game leagues and known for its deeply engaged fan base. NRG was founded in 2015 by Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, co-owners of the Sacramento Kings. NRG's investment group brings traditional sports experience to the table from the NBA and MLB, as well as the business experience from industry titans such as Apple, IBM, and NBC. Notable investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Rollins and Tiesto, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
NRG and the Shock are dedicated to setting an industry standard in world class talent and management, jaw-dropping media and, above all else, competition. For additional information, please visit: NRG.gg, shock.overwatchleague.com and follow @SFShock on Twitter.
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