Philadelphia Fusion to host first Overwatch League match in Philadelphia

November 21st, 2018

For the first time since their inception in 2017, the Fusion will play a full-squad professional Overwatch League match in Philadelphia on Dec. 1 at Lucky Strike in Center City. 

The Fusion Homecoming Showmatch takes place from 2 p.m to 7 p.m., and will put Fusion players Gael “Poko” Gouzerch, Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee, Isaac “Boombox” Charles, Josue “Eqo” Corona, Joona “Fragi” Laine, Elijah “Elk” Gallagher, Alberto “Neptuno” Gonzalez, Simon “Snillo” Ekstrom and Su-Min “Sado” Kim against an unnamed opponent in a virtual six-on-six Overwatch League exhibition match. 

The offseason event is hosted by Overwatch League personality Mitch Leslie and will feature an appearance from new Flyers mascot Gritty. Interested fans can receive a unique viewing experience of the Overwatch League action for $25, or they can purchase VIP access for $100, which includes swag and exclusive access. 

Overwatch League is heading into its second season in early 2019, with all 20 geo-based teams stationed in California. Official league matches take place at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, which makes the Homecoming Showmatch the first of its kind for the Fusion.

Overwatch League teams, which represent cities like Paris, France, and Shanghai, China, are expected to play league matches in their home cities beginning in the next few years, with no official date determined. Until then, Dec. 1 will be the first chance Fusion fans will be able to catch the full team compete live in Philadelphia.

Defined by an underdog mentality, the Fusion are coming off a successful inaugural season, finishing behind the London Spitfire for the first-ever championship. The Spitfire took the best-of-three title series, 2-0, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. 

Visit here for more information on the event.