The 2019 Overwatch League season begins on 15 February AEDT/NZDT. Blizzard Entertainment has just announced two new teams who are set to compete in the upcoming Championship.
Please welcome Paris Eternal, and Guangzhou Charge!
Introducing the Paris Eternal
DM-Esports announced the brand identity of the Paris-based franchise of the Overwatch League – the premier global esports league with city-based teams. The team has been named Paris Eternal, and its logo was unveiled at an event today in Paris.
“We are thrilled to reveal the Paris Eternal brand to Overwatch fans in France, throughout Europe, and around the globe,” said Drew McCourt, Owner of DM-Esports.
The team colors are blue, burgundy, white, and gold. The team logo incorporates an infinity symbol within the body of a digitized Gallic rooster, long the national symbol of France. Futuristic gold font accompanies the mark.
Paris is one of eight new expansion franchises joining the Overwatch League for 2019 and is owned by newly created DM-Esports.
The team recently announced an entirely European roster including: Benjamin “BenBest” Dieulafait (FR), Damien “HyP” Souville (FR), Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret (FR) and Terence “SoOn” Tarlier (FR), Karol “danye” Szczesniak (PL), Finnbjörn “Finnsi” Jonasson (IS), Harrison “Kruise” Pond (UK), Roni “LhCloudy” Tiihonen (FI), and George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha (RU). In addition, Paris recently added Julien “Daemon” Ducros as Head Coach. Julien will be supported by Félix “Féfé” Munch, Joni “Seita” Paavola, and Kyle “Kyky” Souder.
Michael “Mex” De Wit, General Manager for Paris Eternal, said that above all, “Paris Eternal will be focused on winning and results. We believe our international roster is poised to succeed.”
Feel The Charge!
The Nenking Group unveiled the name of its Overwatch League team – the Guangzhou Charge.
The Nenking Group’s Executive Chairman, Mr. Zhong Naixiong, is proud to be the first Chinese expansion team to announce its branding.
“We are the first esports team to represent Guangzhou, and we want to express the spirit of our city and our team as first to lead the charge into a bright future.”
Sonny Xiao, CEO of the Guangzhou Charge, explained how the team name was chosen. “We chose Charge because it expresses our vision to lead the esports movement in China, and to be at the forefront of innovation. It also expresses our vision for a competitive team that plays aggressive and bold.”
The Guangzhou Charge represents a home region that encompasses the Guangdong-Hong-Kong Macau Greater Bay Area. The team will compete in the Pacific Division of the Overwatch League starting in the 2019 season.
Chris Hwang, the team’s Marketing and Creative Director, said of the team logo: “We want to build an international organization and fanbase, so the goal for our team brand was to create a symbol for Guangzhou that people from all of the world can instantly recognize. We took inspiration from iconic sports logos where simple letters have grown to represent an entire city.”
Chris explains that, “We have a large home region that stretches from the coast to the mountains, and we drew inspiration from dark blue waters, light blue skies, and lush green hills for our team colors. We’re so excited to unveil these elements to our fans, and it’s now our job to build this team brand into something that everyone in our region can be proud of.”