Yeah, you read that right.
Lost in the commotion of the Sixers’ e-sports team – which won the NBA 2K18 inaugural tip-off jam (kind of a disappointment in terms of viewership and competitiveness) – is the Fusion, who play in Activision’s Overwatch league. Problem: They play all of their matches in Burbank, California.
Hilarious Comcast-Spectacor press release:
Currently competing in the Overwatch League’s inaugural season in Burbank, CA, the Philadelphia Fusion are visiting their namesake city and future home for the very first time. Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Sporting Complex, Fusion fans, gamers, and esports enthusiasts will congregate at 1100 Social of XFINITY Live! to meet and mingle with all 12 players of Philadelphia’s first professional esports team.
The welcome home party will feature live entertainment, autograph signings, player photo booths, and prize giveaways. Fans will have the unique opportunity to play in the Gaming Zone powered by N3rd Street Gamers and receive coaching tips from players.
Apparently they’ll move to Philly sometime in 2019, but for now fans will have to settle for a meet-and-greet with a bunch of foreigners – literally, all of them – who live in California.
Conversely, the Sixers’ e-sports team, which has thus far only played in New York, actually lives in the area and trains at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, where they are able to leverage the support staff of an NBA team. Hashtag synergy and all. Meanwhile, Comcast’s team is about as authentic Philly as that stupid Authentic Fan campaign that features dolts in face paint waving a banner.
Side note: I’m not hating on e-sports, and the Fusion actually do have a small fan base here, but come on, at least pretend like Joona Laine and his (her?) teammate Josue Corona have stepped foot in Philly before.