Tomorrow, the inaugural season of Blizzard's massive Overwatch League kicks off. Twelve teams, comprising of professional Overwatch players from all across the world, will compete for the first Overwatch League championship title, where finals will be held in July 2018. It's an exciting time for esports, as Blizzard vies to prove that city-based teams that are constructed similar to physical sports are just as viable for the future of esports.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Blizzard has put team skins for each of the Pacific or Atlantic aligned teams for characters into Overwatch. For players who log on before February 13, they'll be awarded with enough "league tokens" to get one skin for a character for free. In total, that's technically 312 new color variant skins available; one for each hero per team's color scheme.
If you want more than just one skin, it's going to cost you. To get the skins costs tokens, which are $5 for 100 tokens. The profits earned from these special skins sales—technically, $5 per skin—directly provide monetary support to both the teams and the developers.
The skins aren't dazzling or anything, they're the equivalent of wearing a team jersey to a local game. They have the most in common with the second-tier of color variants that each hero has, which changes more than just a single color of their outfit. The team colors vary from stylish, like Seoul Dynasty's black and gold, to a bit of an eyesore, like Florida Mayhem's McDonald's-like color scheme.
Unfortunately, these new skins mean I'll have to be repping my home Overwatch League team, San Francisco Shock, even with its ghastly bright orange palette. The things we do for bandwagon cred. If you want to take a look at all the skins yourself, YouTube channel Overwatch XL has uploaded a handy video showcasing them all.
What Overwatch League team will you be rooting for in the upcoming season? Let us know in the comments!