Toronto eSports Team Facing City Name Issue – Is eSports World Ready for This?

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Overwatch LeagueThe upcoming Overwatch League of this year has been marked with a dispute when the California-based game holding company, Activision Blizzard told the Toronto Uprising, a Toronto-based eSports team to remove the city name from its name or else it won’t be permitted to participate in the tournament. The Toronto Uprising is obviously not happy with this order and have declared their unhappiness saying that it’s an unreasonable demand.

No More Toronto Uprising

The season 2 of the Overwatch League is set to start in February 2019 and the League has declared that it wants city-based teams like other leagues that have rosters. This is the stage where things get a bit tricky.

Actually another team who are in fact not based in Toronto are going to compete in the league and have bought the rights to use “Toronto” in their name. Their name is Toronto Defiant. This is in fact a newest eSport team but ranks higher than The Uprising. The team has been formed just before a month and are like an expansion team you can see in other sports leagues whereas The Uprisings have been around for years.

The General Manager of The Boston Uprising is Unhappy

The Uprising in Toronto is associated with The Boston Uprising whose general manager has tweeted that they retain ownership of all the contracts of players and staff and ownership over the contenders slot. The GM has further said that they would continue to participate in the competition as a team, but under a new name. This year’s Overwatch contest will be put out by the club. Lately the club’s president challenged the Defiant to play an exhibition match over the right for the city name; however, the latter didn’t accept the challenge.

A New Type of Issue

This is a new and unique type of issue for the eSports world. Teams with rapid growth but not using city names are going to see increasing number of teams using city names because it’s an easy way to gain recognition and brand awareness. While the future of eSports seems to be bright, they have to prepare to deal with these problems.

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