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Overwatch League Resuming This Weekend With Stacked Schedule

March 23, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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After a few forced weeks off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Overwatch League is returning to play this weekend with a packed schedule of games. The esports league announced on Monday that they will be returning to games this weekend with a hefty dose of 16 games over two days, which will see many teams that have been unable to play due to the pandemic finally getting in on the action.

The Overwatch League has — like all avenues of life, sports, and entertainment — seen a fair amount of disruption in its third season as the pandemic has spread. Since the start of the season most of the Pacific Division has been unable to play, particularly the four Chinese and Korean teams where COVID-19 initially hit. Most of the games played have been with the Eastern division, where the New York Excelsior and Philadelphia Fusion have been rocketing toward the top of the league.

The disruption became full at the beginning of the month after March 7th and 8th’s Washington, DC homestand when the League announced that they would be cancelling all of their homestands for March and April. The plan has been to switch to online play, which was temporarily derailed this past weekend due to California issuing a shelter in place edict that forced the cancellation of the scheduled four Pacific League games. Those games were set to be played online, but still would have required Overwatch League staff such as the casters, observers and production crew to travel from their homes, along with teams playing at training facilities. Based on tweets by the OWL observers, who provide the in-game cameras that document the action, the plan seems to be for a fully online-produced experience.

The weekend will kick off on Saturday at 1 AM PT with the Shanghai Dragons taking on the Guangzhou Charge. The full schedule is below, with the games streaming on the Overwatch League YouTube channel as has been the case for all of season three thus far. For those unable to watch the games live, the games have each been quickly made available as VODs once they are completed thus far this season.

Saturday – March 28th

1 AM PT: Shanghai Dragons vs. Guangzhou Charge
3 AM PT: Chengdu Hunters vs. Hangzhou Spark
11 AM PT: Toronto Defiant vs. Boston Uprising
1 PM PT: Paris Eternal vs. London Spitfite
3 PM PT: New York Excelsior vs. Atlanta Reign
5 PM PT: Florida Mayhem vs. Washington Justice
7 PM PT: San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
9 PM PT: Seoul Dynasty vs. Dallas Fuel

Sunday – March 29th

1 AM PT: Shanghai Dragons vs. Chengdu Hunters
3 AM PT: Hangzhou Spark vs. Guangzhou Charge
11 AM PT: New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising
1 PM PT: Toronto Defiant vs. London Spitfite
3 PM PT: Florida Mayhem vs. Atlanta Reign
5 PM PT: Los Angeles Valiant vs. San Francisco Shock
7 PM PT: Vancouver Titans vs. Dallas Fuel
9 PM PT: Seoul Dynasty vs. Los Angeles Gladiators