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February 27, 2018

Esports and Events: DC Inks Deal for New Home for Overwatch Team

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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, is expanding its investment in esports with a deal with NRG Esports for a new training home in Washington, DC, for NRG’s Overwatch team. 

The new location will house NRG’s Overwatch Contenders Roster, which will consist of six professional players from three different continents. The players will live and compete together under one roof. Such dedicated training spaces have become a popular trend with professional players, NRG said. The team house will allow for the best possible training environment by creating a central location for the players to live, play and work together. 

“With the Overwatch Contenders coming to live, train and play in Washington, DC, this represents another opportunity for DC to be positioned as the capital of esports,” Events DC President and CEO Greg O’Dell said in a written statement. “Our esports initiative will also play a key role in helping to fuel our growth – at the future Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights and with an international reach as well.”

The Contenders League season one will run fro six weeks, and the first match for the NRG team will take place on March 13 at 6:00 p.m. The Overwatch Contenders team will wear a specialized tournament jersey featuring Events DC branding. The players will also participate in on-site activations in partnership with Events DC across the city, as well as drive branded content. 

There are 12 teams in the North American region and there are six other regions, from across the globe, each with 12 teams participating in season one of the Contenders league. 

Overwatch is a popular team-based, online first-person shooter in which players take on the role of a diverse cast of characters to compete to accomplish a variety of objectives. 

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