Two NYXL homestand games are coming to the Overwatch League in 2020. If you haven’t been following the league super closely, 2019 marked the second year of the league’s operations and the first time that a selection of the professional Overwatch teams would be hosting games in their own city. Now, the New York Excelsior have announced that they’ll be getting their turn to host one of these “homestand games” sometime in 2020.
The announcement of the NYXL homestand games was made on the team’s official Twitter account. “NY are you ready?,” the tweet began. “We’re hyped to announce that we will be hosting two homestands next season.”
The Dallas Fuel was the first team to host homestand games as announced in December of 2018. This was followed shortly thereafter with an announcement that the then-new Atlanta Reign and the Los Angeles Valiant would also get the opportunity to play in their hometowns, although the former team has technically played nearly every game in Los Angeles as that’s where the Blizzard Arena is.
Interestingly, rumors had previously stated that we would be moving to a traditional “home and away game” model for the league, presumably where teams would be in their own hometowns. However, a recent piece over at The Verge indicates that the Overwatch League is going to be shifting to something more akin to a traveling show rather than smaller games where teams travel from location to location day after day. This should make things easier on players and fans, but it’s doubtful that you’re going to be able to just pop over to the local arena and catch an Overwatch League game like you could with baseball or basketball.
The exact dates of the New York Excelsior’s homestand games haven’t yet been announced, nor has their location. The first year’s championship was hosted in the Barclays Center, but that venue may be a bit too large for a smaller Esports event like this. Then again, New York does like to do things big, so they might end up hosting it there anyway.
You can sign up to hear about these upcoming games on the NYXL’s website.
Are you going to go to either of the NYXL homestand games in 2020? What do you think of the Overwatch League’s format for home and away games? Let us know in the comments below!