Immortals completes sale of Outlaws Overwatch League franchise - Dexerto

Immortals completes sale of Outlaws Overwatch League franchise

Published: 15/Nov/2019 2:09

by Isaac McIntyre


Immortals Gaming Club has confirmed the sale of their second Overwatch League franchise team the Houston Outlaws to Beasley Broadcast Group, a radio broadcasting organization with more than 65 stations across America.

Immortals acquired the Outlaws franchise following the purchase of Infinite Esports & Entertainment in June of this year. The overall sale cost $100 million, five times as much as Infinite originally paid to join Activision-Blizzard’s franchise competition.

Due to IGC’s ownership of another OWL entity, the Los Angeles Valiant, Blizzard ordered the collective gaming company to sell the Houston franchise. 

The move appeared complete in July, with real estate mogul Lee Zieben purchasing the Outlaws for a reported $40 million, according to ESPN. That agreement fell through for undisclosed reasons, however, leaving Beasley Broadcast Group free to purchase the competitive Overwatch team five months later.

According to Forbes, the November 14 deal transferring ownership of the Houston Outlaws from IGC to the Beasley Broadcast Group is worth $35 million.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Outlaws will be adjusting to new management in the 2020 season.

The company’s chief executive officer Caroline Beasley confirmed that the Outlaws would still remain based in Texas, would retain its locale-based branding, and would “continue to represent the Houston, Austin, and San Antonio markets.”

“The Houston Outlaws represent a rare investment opportunity, as there are only 20 Overwatch League teams in the world, and the transaction partners Beasley with Blizzard Entertainment and its parent company, Activision Blizzard,” she explained.

“We look forward to initial contributions from this exciting development when the league’s third season begins in February.

“We believe the power of our media footprint, will allow us to build the value of the Outlaws franchise through a range of revenue sources, including ticket sales, advertising, sponsorship, licensing, e-commerce, and other partnerships.”

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Outlaws are one of the league’s twelve founding franchises.

This purchase isn’t Beasley’s first move in the esports market either — the radio conglomerate already owns investment shares in Renegades, which competes in Fortnite Battle Royale, Rocket League, Smite, Paladins, and Super Smash Bros.

The North American-based esports team is also expected to return to the competitive Counter-Strike circuit in the near future, following the high-profile sale of their Australian roster to Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves.

StarLadderRenegades competed in CS:GO until the recent sale of its roster.

Houston finished 7th in the OWL’s inaugural season, before regressing to finish 16th in 2019 with a 9-19 record. The team participated in this year’s Stage 3 playoffs, where they finished 5-8th after being ousted 3-0 by the Vancouver Titans.

The Outlaws will host their first homestand series on February 29 to March 1 at the Revention Music Center, as the league moves to home-and-away festival-like weekends for the 2020 season. They will face London Spitfire and Toronto Defiant.

With new owners, the Outlaws may look to dip into the open market to upgrade on their current playing roster and make an immediate impact in the league. Keep track of all the OWL offseason moves with Dexerto’s dedicated roster tracker.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.