Chinese video sharing website and owners of the Hangzhou, China Overwatch League expansion team, Bilibili have seemingly filed a trademark for the team name “Railgun”, or “电磁炮队” in Chinese. This comes according to a screen capture from the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.
Bilibili took suggestions from the community and ultimately left it up to a poll to decide the name of the Hangzhou team. If it takes a similar route as the others, the Hangzhou team would likely- be called “Hangzhou Railgun”, or some iteration of that.
— BaoJie 🇨🇳 (@BaojieOW) September 13, 2018
Hangzhou was one of the eight teams and a third in China to be added to the Overwatch League’s expansion for season two. While there were no financial details on the purchase, inaugural teams paid $20m (£14m) to join the franchise and expansion teams were rumoured to pay between $30m (£22m) – $60m (£44m) for the next season.
The Hangzhou team haven’t announced any players or staff yet, but teams have until December 8th to complete rosters for season two which will begin sometime in early 2019. The Overwatch World Cup finals will take place at BlizzCon in early November and could be an early look at some players that could be added to the Railgun team.
Esports Insider: Leaving a big decision like that up to the community could have been a major disaster but by the looks of it Railgun seems to be a strong name for one of the newest additions to the Overwatch League. We will have to wait until the season begins next year to see if the strength of the name carries over to gameplay.