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Barclays Center to host major esports event

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York has been awarded hosting rights for the first grand finals event of the Overwatch League esports competition.

The event will take place on July 27-28 and will serve as the culmination of the inaugural Overwatch League season, which got underway in January.

The season playoffs will commence at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles on July 11 and run through until July 21, with this event to determine which two teams progress to the finals at Barclays Center.

The finals will comprise a best-of-three series, with the winner being the first to win two best-of-five matches. The winning team will pick up $1m (£740,000/€839,000).

Brett Yormark, chief executive of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, told “We are thrilled to host the inaugural Overwatch League grand finals, as we are quickly becoming a marquee destination for global esports leagues. This past year, the Overwatch League became the breakout league in the sports industry, and we anticipate drawing a dynamic international audience to experience the event live in July.”

Barclays Center has a capacity of 19,000 and serves as the home of NBA basketball team the Brooklyn Nets and NHL ice hockey franchise the New York Islanders.

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