Following their Overwatch League Grand Finals victory, San Francisco Shock pros Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won and Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi will make their prime time debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The Shock swept the Vancouver Titans 4-0 in the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals on September 29 to cement themselves as the best professional Overwatch team in the world.
Now, two of the team’s most popular players: Sinatraa and Super, will make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to educate America on the Overwatch League and their impressive championship.
When will the appearance happen?
The Shock and The Tonight show both confirmed that the pair would make their appearance on Monday, October 7, little over a week after the Grand Finals.
Sinatraa and Super will no doubt talk about their Finals win with Fallon, but also explain to The Tonight Show's late night audience what the game of Overwatch is all about.
— San Francisco Shock⚡ (@SFShock) October 4, 2019
The two Shock pros will be the first Overwatch League players to make an appearance on The Tonight Show, but not the first professional gamers, as Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins has also been a guest on the show multiple times before.
Ninja is probably more famous for his work as a streamer than his esports career, so Sinatraa and Super will be some of the first esports stars to make an appearance on the show.
How popular were the 2019 Grand Finals?
The Overwatch League Grand final tallied a 1.12 million Average Minute Audience, up 16% from 2018. The move from ESPN to ABC, with its extended reach, could help account for the rise in viewership. Also, the regular season had an AMA of 313,000, which is an increase of 18% over last year.
The AMA metric is calculated by taking the total number of minutes watched by all viewers and dividing it by the total minutes broadcast and is quickly becoming a standard measurement of viewership in esports.
In the United States, Activision Blizzard reported an 182,000 AMA for the 18-34 demographic (up 13% from 2018) for the Grand Final.
With the Overwatch League seemingly more popular than ever, there's never been a better time for two of the biggest personalities in the league to sit down with Jimmy Fallon and expose a whole new potential audience to the game.