In year two of their partnership, Events DC and NRG Esports today announced a new training home in Washington, DC. The location will house NRG’s developmental Overwatch Roster for the Contenders Series. This strategic move to Washington, DC showcases Events DC’s long-term commitment to the rapidly growing esports landscape and its ecosystem in the nation’s capital.
NRG’s Overwatch Contenders Roster will consist of six professional players from three different continents, who will now live and compete together under one roof. Having a dedicated training space has become a popular trend with professional players. The team house will allow for the best possible training environment by creating a central location for the players to live, play and work together.
“It’s exciting to be on the forefront of an emerging industry like esports and to be able to strategically expand our partnership with NRG,” said Greg O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “With the Overwatch Contenders coming to live, train and play in Washington, DC, this represents another opportunity for DC to be positioned as the capital of esports. Our esports initiative will also play a key role in helping to fuel our growth – at the future Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights and with an international reach as well.”
The Contenders League season one will run for six weeks and the first match for the NRG team will take place on March 13 at 6:00 p.m.
The Overwatch Contenders team will wear a specialized tournament jersey featuring Events DC branding. The players will also participate in on-site activations in partnership with Events DC across the city as well as drive branded content.
“Everyone is very excited to represent NRG and to be given the opportunity to represent Events DC in Overwatch Contenders. We can’t wait to move to DC and begin grinding,” said Robert Garcia, NRG Contenders Overwatch Player.
There are 12 teams in the North American region and there are six other regions, from across the globe, each with 12 teams participating in season one of the Contenders league.
Matches will be played (online) once a week on either Tuesday or Sunday from the team house. The season culminates in a playoff with a total prize pool of $185,040.00. To view the full season one schedule: https://contenders.playoverwatch.com/en-us/schedule.
Overwatch Contenders full roster for season one, includes:
- Head Coach – Bumhoon Kim – Ninek – Seoul, South Korea
- Manager/Assistant Coach – Shaurav Ghosh – Shu – Toronto, Canada
- Assistant Coach – Albert Yeh – Yehhh – Rockville, MD
- Main Support – Riley Taylor – Fahzix – Pittsburgh, PA
- Flex Support – Robert Garcia – Rob420 – Victorville, California
- Flex Tank – Eoghan O’Neill – Smex – London, England
- Main Tank – Sangwon Yoon – Butcher – Pohang, South Korea
- Flex DPS – Ethan Yankel – Stratus – Pittsburgh, PA
- DPS – Daemin Kim – Daemin – Seoul, South Korea