Activision Blizzard Unveils Overwatch League eSports Plans

Some high profile executives in traditional sports including New York Mets’ Jeff Wilpon and the New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft are joining the eSports bandwagon: They’re among the group of seven people and entities that have bought city-based franchises for the new Overwatch League that Activision Blizzard has created to promote its multiplayer online first-person shooter video game. In addition to Wilpon (with a New York franchise) and Kraft (Boston), the list includes Immortals CEO Noah Whinston (Los Angeles), Misfits Gaming CEO Ben Spoont (Miami-Orlando,) NRG Esports founder Andy Miller (San Francisco), NetEase (Shanghai), and Kabam co-founder Kevin Chou (Seoul). “The fact that we’re bringing in owners from multiple disciplines is what we’re excited about,” says Major League Gaming (MLG) CEO Pete Vlastelica — who took the job in September, leaving Fox Sports where he was EVP of digital .