Report claims Washington D.C. OWL manager Kate Mitchell deceived players and coaches

Bill Cooney

Overwatch YouTuber Michael ‘mykL’ Padilla has accused new Washington D.C. General Manager Kate Mitchell of rescinding on job offers to players, coaches and staff.

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In a YouTube video posted on September 18, mykL claimed that analyst Harsha Bandi left his role with San Francisco Shock after being offered an assistant coaching position on the new Washington D.C. OWL expansion team by Mitchell. However, according to mykL, D.C. pulled out of the deal, leaving him without a team.

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MykL went on to accuse Mitchell of promising roster spots on the new D.C. team and its academy squad to players on Last Night’s Leftovers, her previous Contenders Team.

“It looks like none, none of the players from Last Night’s Leftovers will be joining that Washington D.C. team,” mykL laments before noting that those players will most likely be seen somewhere in Contenders or Overwatch League going forward.

He did not specify whether any of the promises or offers he claims Mitchell made were merely verbal, or put down in writing. 

The video also does not mention that Mitchell got her start with myKL’s former Kungarna, meaning the two know each other and have worked together previously.

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The Overwatch League has been adding expansion teams during the off-season, with Washington D.C.’s slot being announced in early September.

Other cities receiving expansion teams are Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Chengdu in China, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Atlanta.

Mitchell has not responded publicly and the claims in the video are still speculation at the time of writing.

About The Author

Bill is a former writer at Dexerto based in Iowa, who covered esports, gaming and online entertainment for more than two years. With the US team, Bill covered Overwatch, CSGO, Influencer culture, and everything in between.