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Bud Light Bringing “Payload Truck” to Wells Fargo Center This Weekend

Kevin Kinkead - September 26, 2019

Dilly Dilly.

The sold out Overwatch League Grand Final is taking place at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday and Bud Light is getting in on that action.

They are bringing a payload truck to Lot A, and it’s full of beer. But you can’t get the beer until fans show up to move the truck to Lot G.

Allow me to explain:

  1. in Overwatch, one of the game modes is called “escort”
  2. the attacking team has to move a “payload” from start to finish on a defined path
  3. the defending team has to prevent the “payload” from getting to the finish line
  4. the payload moves only if you have a numerical advantage around it

Make sense, right? The truck moves if you kill a bunch of enemies, or it stops if they kill you. So you gotta light up those bastards, then crowd around the truck and watch it roll.

More Bud Light info via press release:

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Ground is Officially Broken on the New $50 Million Dollar Fusion Arena

Kevin Kinkead - September 25, 2019

This may be the biggest day of all time for the Crossing Broad commenter known as “ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE.”

He was right, you know?

He told us that eSports were the future, and today Comcast-Spectacor and The Cordish Companies broke ground on the new Fusion Arena at South Philly’s sports complex with the mayor and other dignitaries on hand.

The $50 million dollar arena is being built next to Xfinity Live and will stand as the “largest new-construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere,” according to the press release. The venue, which is set to open in 2021, will additionally host live entertainment of other sorts, though the primary tenant is your town, your team, your Philadelphia Fusion.

More from the release, plus photos, after the jump off:

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The Philadelphia Fusion Will Play at The Met Theater and Boardwalk Hall

Kevin Kinkead - August 27, 2019

Your town, your team, your Philadelphia Fusion will soon move into their brand new eSports arena, which is being built adjacent to Xfinity Live at the sports complex.

But the place isn’t done yet, so the boys will play elsewhere in the meantime, and “elsewhere” is The Met on North Broad Street and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Press release:

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As Fusion Arena prepares to open its doors in 2021, Philadelphia Fusion will open their 2020 season at The Met Philadelphia on February 15 and 16 where they will face Washington Justice and Florida Mayhem.  Fusion will also host their second homestand weekend event at The Met on May 23 and 24 where they will compete against Chengdu Hunters and Seoul Dynasty.  Fusion’s final homestand weekend event will be hosted at Adrian Phillips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on June 6 and 7 where they will face Hangzhou Spark and Guangzhou Charge.

February 15-16 at The Met Philadelphia:

  • Sat., Feb. 15 at 4:00 P.M. EST         Houston Outlaws vs. Florida Mayhem
  • Sat., Feb. 15 at 6:00 P.M. EST         Philadelphia Fusion vs. Washington Justice
  • Sun., Feb. 16 at 4:00 P.M. EST        Houston Outlaws vs. Washington Justice
  • Sun., Feb. 16 at 6:00 P.M. EST        Philadelphia Fusion vs. Florida Mayhem

May 23-24 at The Met Philadelphia:

  • Sat., May 23 at 11:00 A.M. EST      Houston Outlaws vs. Seoul Dynasty
  • Sat., May 23 at 1:00 P.M. EST         Washington Justice vs. Hangzhou Spark
  • Sat., May 23 at 3:00 P.M. EST         Philadelphia Fusion vs. Chengdou Hunters
  • Sun., May 24 at 11:00 A.M. EST     Houston Outlaws vs. Hangzhou Spark
  • Sun., May 24 at 1:00 P.M. EST        Atlanta Reign vs. Chengdou Hunters
  • Sun., May 24 at 3:00 P.M. EST        Philadelphia Fusion. Seoul Dynasty

June 6-7 at Adrian Phillips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall:

  • Sat., June 6 at 1:00 P.M. EST           Atlanta Reign vs. Guangzhou Charge
  • Sat., June 6 at 3:00 P.M. EST           Washington Justice vs. Shanghai Dragons
  • Sat., June 6 at 5:00 P.M. EST           Florida Mayhem vs. Chengdu Hunters
  • Sat., June 6 at 7:00 P.M. EST           Philadelphia Fusion vs. Hangzhou Spark
  • Sun., June 7 at 3:00 P.M. EST          Florida Mayhem vs. Seoul Dynasty
  • Sun., June 7 at 5:00 P.M. EST          Washington Justice vs. Chengdu Hunters
  • Sun., June 7 at 7:00 P.M. EST          Philadelphia Fusion vs. Guangzhou Charge on

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Fuck yeah. Let’s fucking go.

By the way, if you wanted to see the Overwatch Grand Finals at the Wells Fargo Center next month, you’re out of luck. Tickets are completely sold out.

It’s further proof that eSports are, indeed, the future, as that guy in the comments section writes.

Philadelphia Will Host the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

Kevin Kinkead - May 8, 2019

We made it.

We have truly arrived as a sports city.

Philadelphia is the home of the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals.

Press release after the jump:

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On Philadelphia and Video Gaming: A Conversation with Fusion Chief Business Officer Joe Marsh

Kevin Kinkead - April 5, 2019

The Philadelphia Fusion lost last night, but it happens.

They went down to the New York Excelsior, which is a dumb team name. I hate losing to New York, but losing to the “Excelsior” is even worse.

I checked out the Twitter replies last night and people didn’t seem too happy with the performance of “Sado,” who I think is our main tank. Some fans were calling for “Fragi” to play instead, so it seems like we’ve got a bit of a controversy brewing. I might even call up Sports Radio 94 WIP to share my feelings.

Anyway, I stopped by the viewing party at Xfinity Live last night before the match started. I didn’t have time to stay for the actual thing, since I had to roll back to the Wells Fargo Center for the Sixers game, though it looked like a nice crowd was there for the event.

I did have a candid and interesting conversation with Joe Marsh, who is the Fusion’s Chief Business Officer. We talked about the popularity of esports and the growth of a nascent Fusion fan base, and even though I load my Fusion articles with satire and humor, I tried to keep it pretty straight with Joe while learning some things about gaming along the way.

Here’s the full discussion:

Crossing Broad: I gotta be honest; the last time you guys did this, for the season opener, I looked at the crowd photos and was kind of shocked. This place was packed. I assume you were not shocked.

Joe Marsh: Not anymore. But if you would have asked me that in January of last year, I think our first watch party had something like 300 people at Wahoo’s. As the season progressed we started building the fan base. This was all from scratch, you know? We were a hockey team with no esports experience, so we had no fans. Then we had to shoot content and shoot video for a team that was playing on the west coast, so it’s kind of hard to attract a fan base when your talent is across the country. But once we reached the playoffs it kind of spiked from there with the underdog video. We brought the guys to (Philadelphia) and did a thousand people twice. The first watch party had 800 people pre-register before they even walked in the door. Consistently drawing a thousand people each time is pretty good.

Moe after the jump:

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Philadelphia Will be Home to North America’s First VIDEO GAMING Arena

Kevin Kinkead - March 25, 2019

Turns out that “ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE” guy in the comments section knew what he was talking about.

Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the Flyers, Wings, and Fusion, is building the United States’ very first esports arena in South Philadelphia, where Carpe and his boys will one day become “world fucking champions” in the Overwatch League.

From NBC 10:

The 3,500-seat, $50 million Fusion Arena will play host to local professional team Philadelphia Fusion — already owned by Comcast Spectacor.

“This will be the first ground-up [esports] facility in the western hemisphere,” Spectacor Chief Business Officer Joe Marsh said.

The 60,000 square-foot arena, slated to open in 2021, also will feature a training facility and represents another revenue stream in the ever-expanding competitive gaming ecosystem.

Groundbreaking on the 47-acre site is set for this summer, and here’s where the arena will go, after the jump:

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Gritty is Now the Fusion’s Hype Man

Kevin Kinkead - February 15, 2019

Big win for the Fusion last night in their season opener.

They got revenge on the London Spitfire after getting swept in the 2018 Overwatch League finals.

Is this our year?

Perhaps, but there’s a lot of Overwatch left to play.

Surely Carpe and the boys got some extra motivation last night when they were led out to the arena floor by none other than Gritty:

Gritty. Man, he does it all. Mascot, viral sensation, and now video game competition hype man.

FYI, Xfinity Live was packed for last night’s watch party, proving that esports are, indeed, the future.

The Philadelphia Fusion Are BACK

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2019

Not sure about you, but I was pissed off when the Fusion lost in the Overwatch League finals last summer.

I expected more out of my man Carpe, but it just wasn’t his time. Those wankers from England, the London Spitfire, beat the Fusion in a best-of-three series to claim whatever trophy the Overwatch League hands out. Some guy named “Profit,” who is likely a total douche bag, ended up being the difference maker. He’s the Al Horford of esports.

But time heals all wounds, and the Fusion are back for a second season, which begins tomorrow night with a revenge game against the Spitfire.

There will be an epic watch part at Xfinity live, according to this press release:

Coming back with a vengeance!  The 2019 Overwatch League season kicks off with the long-awaited Grand Finals rematch between the Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire.  On February 14, the City of Brotherly Love’s first professional esports team will take to the main stage with three-time Overwatch Contenders North America Champion, Elk, and returning star, Carpe, as they begin their quest for the Overwatch League Championship title.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Fusion will set the stage for over 700 pre-registered fans eager to kick off Philadelphia’s second season, including a live Overwatch gaming zone powered by N3rd Street Gamers and on-site prize giveaways.  The watch party will host its first-ever cosplay contest, featuring appearances of fans dressed as Overwatch heroes prior to a live stream of the match.

The Fusion, who are part of Comcast Spectacor’s portfolio of professional sports teams and live entertainment assets, were the assumed underdogs throughout the inaugural season and clinched the last spot in the Overwatch League Playoffs.  After an incredible display of perseverance, the Fusion advanced to the first-ever Grand Finals, finishing their season in second place.  The Overwatch League expanded to 20 teams for the 2019 season, with all teams competing at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.  Overwatch is a team-based, first-person survival game with more than 40 million players worldwide. Philadelphia’s nine-man roster includes players from eight countries.

I don’t know who this “Elk” dude is, but he’d better be good. I hope he’s a real blue collar, Philly type of athlete.

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