The two Texas-based teams in the Overwatch League have put together a special slate of exhibition matches that will be shot for a docuseries that will air on local TV stations throughout the state. The Dallas Fuel, Houston Outlaws and Tegna TV network today are revealing “The Lone Star Showdown,” which has brought on presenting sponsorship from Samsung and will feature Overwatch exhibition matches and skill competitions. Tegna owns several stations in Texas including WFAA in North Texas and KHOU in Houston, and 13 stations total will air the weekly docuseries. The two teams will play each other in three weeks’ worth of action to try to determine the top team in the state.
The Fuel, owned by Envy Gaming, and the Outlaws, owned by Beasley Media Group, have long taken playful jabs at each other on social media to build an in-state rivalry – but this event is intended to take it to the next level. Envy Gaming owner and CEO Mike Rufail said: “Texas is truly a hotbed for esports. Dallas was the first esports team to host a home match and now we’re teaming up with Houston for another esports first: launching a multi-platform, statewide challenge series. It’s only fitting that Texas would take esports rivalries to the next level.” Other sponsors taking part in the event include H-E-B, Favor, Jack Link’s and Acer’s Predator. The first episode will air Saturday, May 9th at 1:00pm ET.
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