This week in esports: MLB, Team SoloMid, Call of Duty, Overwatch League

Activision Blizzard has hired new figureheads for its esports leagues, Team SoloMid has renewed its well-received partnership with Logitech G for three more years, and Major League Baseball is getting into esports but with a twist. Here are the most important and surprising stories from this week in esports.

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Major League Baseball announces Chinese esports league

MLB China eSports League
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Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the launch of its first esports league, MLB China eSports League, in seven Chinese cities.

The MLB China eSports League will run on MLB: The Show for three months, divided into a regular season and playoffs. The former will be held in Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Beijing, Hangzhou, and Suzhou, and the latter will be hosted in Shanghai.

Read the full article here.

Team SoloMid extends Logitech G partnership for three years

Team SoloMid Logitech G Extension
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North American organisation Team SoloMid extended its partnership with gaming peripheral and accessory company Logitech G for three more years.

Expanding upon a relationship that has lasted for five years, the renewal was first announced at the RISE conference in Hong Kong. Logitech G will continue to provide its products for use by Team SoloMid’s players in exchange for data and feedback.

Read the full article here.

Johanna Faries named as Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports

Johanna Faries Call of Duty esports
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Activision Blizzard appointed Johanna Faries as the Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports ahead of the title’s upcoming franchised league.

Faries will oversee the competitive side of Call of Duty after acting as Head of Call of Duty Esports for almost a year. Prior to accepting a role at Activision Blizzard in 2018, Faries worked at National Football League (NFL) for almost 12 years.

Read the full article here.

Overwatch League finds new Commissioner in Pete Vlastelica

Pete Vlastelica Overwatch League
Photo credit: Overwatch League

Activision Blizzard has appointed Pete Vlastelica as the new Commissioner of the Overwatch League.

Vlastelica will retain his position as President & CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues alongside his new role overseeing the league. Before joining Activision Blizzard in September 2016, Vlastelica held high positions at FOX Sports and its digital arm for six years.

Read the full article here.

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