Sterling.VC, a division of Sterling Equities, announced their Overwatch League team, the New York Excelsior, on Monday.
New York Excelsior, or "NYXL", will be one of the 12 franchises to participate in the inaugural season of Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League. It is also New York City's first esports franchise.
"It is an amazing opportunity to have NYXL be part of a brand new professional league and representing the city of New York," Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Parnter of Sterling.VC said. "We've put together a strong team and look forward to competing at the highest level."
NYXL will be coached by Hyun Sang "Pavane" Yu and Hyeongseok "WizardHyeong" Kim, assistant coach Andrew Kim, and director of player personnel Scott Tester.
"I'm incredibly excited to join NYXL as a coach with the cahnce to manage the team as it competes with and against the best players in the world in the Overwatch League," Pavane said. "New York is a great sports city and we will give our all when representing the city and our fans when play officially begins."
Here is the official roster for the 2018 season:
- Joong "Janus" Hwa - Tank
- Dong-gyu "Mano" Kim - Tank
- Kim "Mek0" Tae Hong - Off-Tank
- Kim "Pine" Do Hyeon - Flex
- Park "Saebyeolbe" Jong Yeol - DPS
- Hong "ArK" Yeon Joon - Support
- Bang "JJoNak" Sung-Hyeon - Support
- Kim "Libero" Hye Sung - DPS
NYXL will begin preseason play on Dec. 6, which includes exhibition matches with all 12 teams. Then, the regular season will begin on Jan. 10 and run until June 2018. Playoffs and finals will take place in July 2018.
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