The rivalry between Northern and Southern California reaches new heights as the Los Angeles Valiant and San Francisco Shock, inaugural franchises in Blizzard’s Overwatch League, announce the formation of the Overwatch California Cup. Unique to esports, the official home-and-home Overwatch League off-season event showcase begins on October 20 at the Esports Arena Santa Ana and finalizes on November 10 at the Esports Arena Oakland.
Both locations will feature an intimate meet-and-greet with the new-look Shock and Valiant rosters, amateur and collegiate Overwatch tournaments, exclusive merchandise, free-to-play computers and more. Each event will culminate in a match between the Valiant and Shock to determine the guardian of the California Cup.
“We love the concept of finally bringing our matches to our home market in the Bay Area,” said Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports and the San Francisco Shock. “This is the first time an OWL team is announcing a home market match outside of LA. What better way to kick this off than an incredible rivalry match between the Valiant and Shock.”
Beginning with the Overwatch California Cup showcase this off-season and continuing throughout the Overwatch League, in all head-to-head matches between the two teams, the victor will take control of the California Cup until the next meeting.
“No matter the competition, the rivalry between Southern California and Northern California is one that is full of passion for the fans and the teams involved,” said Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and LA Valiant. “We are excited to partner with the Shock in establishing a new tradition in esports.”
Starting September 22 at 10:00 AM PST, three ticket packages will be available for purchase:
- General ($25): Admission to Southern California OR Northern California event.
- VIP ($50): Admission to Southern California OR Northern California event plus VIP swag bag, access to on-site VIP experience, and commemorative inaugural California Cup item. A limited number of tickets at this price are available for purchase.
- PCH Package ($75): Admission to Southern California AND Northern California event plus VIP swag bag, access to on-site VIP experience, and commemorative inaugural California Cup item. A limited number of tickets at this price are available for purchase.
For more information on the Southern California event, visit https://val.gg/californiacup.
For more information on the Northern California event, visit sfs.gg/calicup18