12,000 fans gathered in Philadelphia over the weekend to take in the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals. The event was unlike anything I had ever seen, combining the best parts of live sporting events and the community of Overwatch to create a remarkable in-arena experience for fans. Thanks to a brilliant performance of 2019 OWL MVP Sinatraa and the steady play of Grand Finals MVP Choihyobin, the San Francisco Shock were crowned champions.
Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On Sunday, the Overwatch League Grand Finals were held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, pitting the Vancouver Titans against the San Francisco Shock to compete for the 2019 title. After months of competition, the two best teams in the league had made it through a grueling playoff to meet in Philadelphia with the right to be called champion on the line. For any fan of Overwatch, the Grand Finals proved a must-see event, providing a thrilling in-arena experience for those in attendance on par with what you might see at an NBA or NHL game.
Speaking with fans, it became clear that the community of Overwatch and the Overwatch League is diverse in age, race, and fandom, capable of bringing people together from around the world to celebrate the game they love. Here’s what it was like to be in attendance. Before the event began, fans were greeted by a festival atmosphere outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Walt Hickey / Business Insider There were tons of interactive activities for fans, such as getting their picture diving across the Overwatch logo into a foam pit. Walt Hickey / Business Insider The Bud Knight was also in attendance. Walt Hickey / Business Insider The Philadelphia 76ers drumline put on a show in the middle of the festivities. […]
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