The penultimate expansion team to join the Overwatch League has been announced in the form of Vancouver Titans.
Owned by the Aquilini Group, in partnership with Luminosity Gaming, Vancouver Titans has signed former members of RunAway – the team that won Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 2: Korea.
The branding for the Titans is influenced by the Vancouver Canucks, a hockey team owned by the same group. The primary colours are blue and green with white accents to represent “Vancouver’s greenery surrounded by the Pacific Ocean”. The logo features a sasquatch, a prominent figure in folklore that’s associated with the Pacific Northwest.
Francesco Aquilini, Managing Director of the Aquilini Group discussed the announcement: “We are thrilled to officially launch the Titans today and to bring a premier global esports team to Vancouver. In choosing our identity we wanted to introduce a team that would resonate with fans in the Pacific Northwest. With a local feel and an experienced, skilled team, we are ready and can’t wait to have the Titans compete at the highest level in esports.”
— ?? Vancouver Titans (@VancouverTitans) December 2, 2018
In October, both Atlanta Reign and Toronto Defiant were unveiled. More followed in November with Paris Eternal, Guangzhou Charge, Chengdu Hunters, and Hangzhou Spark all being revealed to the public. This leaves just one franchise to be announced, and it’ll represent Washington D.C. – the brand is expected to be announced this week.
The second season of the Overwatch League commences on February 14th, with teams now only playing 28 matches instead of the 40 that were played by each side during the inaugural season.
Overwatch League: We understand the logic behind the branding but it just doesn’t look great. The roster that will represent Vancouver, however, is great. The overall presentation of this franchise wasn’t particularly special so all in all hype surrounding the Titans won’t be the highest in the pre-season when compared to the likes of Hangzhou Spark.