San Francisco Shock have cemented their status as the best team in Overwatch. They claimed their second straight Overwatch League championship on Saturday, beating surprise finalists Seoul Dynasty 4-2. They also won $1.5 million in prize money, while the Dynasty walk away with $750,000.
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Unlike last year, when they dropped to the lower bracket after their first playoffs match, the San Francisco Shock ran the table on their path to a second championship in a row.
The Dynasty powered their way to the Grand Finals weekend after winning the Asia-Pacific playoffs losers’ bracket. They narrowly lost to the Shock in the semi-finals, before seeing off Philadelphia Fusion and then hot favorites Shanghai Dragons,
IBM will manage the technology for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, a sign esports is starting to demand the most sophisticated cloud and AI technologies. With esports on the road to becoming a mainstream phenomenon alongside traditional sports, we can expect to see more of this kind of marriage in the future.
In a multi-year deal, IBM is teaming up with Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest players in the game industry. IBM will provide cloud, Watson AI, and machine learning for the Overwatch League and become a presenting partner of the Overwatch League Grand Finals. The technology company will power interactive and analytical content for the league, which is one of the powerhouses of the $950 million esports industry.
The IBM sponsorship component kicks off at this year’s 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals, which started October 8 and run through October 10. The agreement makes IBM the official AI, cloud,
The Overwatch League Grand Finals weekend is underway and although we’re in the middle of the biggest pro Overwatch event of the year, Activision Blizzard is already looking towards the future. It has signed a multi-year deal with IBM. The league will use IBM’s cloud and artificial intelligence tech to “power analytical and interactive content” in its broadcasts.
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“We’re constantly striving to give fans the ability to more meaningfully engage with the Overwatch League, and teaming up with IBM enables us to do just that,” Brandon Snow, chief revenue officer of Activision Blizzard Esports, said in a statement.
“IBM’s cutting-edge AI and machine learning, underpinned by cloud technologies, will help enable us