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Outlet: Washingtonian Title: DC Has a New Esports Team and Its Inaugural Watch Party Was Bonkers
On Saturday, nearly 400 fans eagerly waited in a line that went around a block in Chinatown. What were they waiting for? Entry into a watch party at Penn Social for DC’s newest esports team, the Washington Justice, in its first match in the Overwatch League.
The party, sponsored by Events DC, was sold out, and more than 172,00 more fans watched on the online platform Twitch as the Justice took on the New York Excelsior—the team with the best overall record last season—at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California. (The Justice will begin playing its home matches in DC next year.)
“Esports is exploding, especially for the younger generations,” Mark Ein, who bought the team back in September, said at the event. “This is what they’re passionate about, and Overwatch is the premier city-based esports league by far.”
Outlet: Washington Times
Title: Washington Justice establish fan base during debut weekend
In their debut, the Justice faced the New York Excelsior, considered one of the league’s top teams. New York won 3-1, but Washington’s loss was punctuated by moments of euphoria at the Justice watch party. Their cheers were not golf claps but hockey hollers, and the room exploded when the Justice won their first and only map of the afternoon.
Monica Torres is also glad to have a team representing the District. She said she rooted for individual players last season rather than a single team.
“But as soon as they announced that there was a Washington team, I was like, no matter what happens, any watch party, any meet-and-greet, any event around the team, I’m going to be there,” Torres said.
Outlet: Washington City Paper
Title:Washington Justice Starts Overwatch League With Loss But Plenty of Fan Excitement
Large banners with the words, “Witness History,” greeted fans of D.C.’s latest esports team on Saturday afternoon in Chinatown. The Washington Justice were minutes away from making its franchise debut in the Overwatch League, and hundreds of esports enthusiasts waited in line to attend the watch party at Penn Social. Some even drove down from Pennsylvania for the event.
That’s the power of esports, and why it’s considered a billion-dollar business and one of the fastest growing sports. People care.