Houston Outlaws and London Spitfire gear up for international showmatch series

The events are scheduled for October and January.

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Two inaugural season Overwatch League teams are heading on an international road trip. Spread across two continents, London Spitfire and Houston Outlaws have announced the Overwatch Gilded Gala.

The two teams will participate in two showmatches, one in London and another in Houston, according to a press release. The first match in London is set for Oct. 20, with the Houston match scheduled for January.

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“We’re really excited to have put something special together for the fans, and it’s been great teaming up with the Outlaws to do it,” London Spitfire CEO Jack Etienne said in a statement. “The amount of support we’ve gotten from our hometown fans continues to be phenomenal and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the team in London. The Overwatch Gilded Gala is going to be an event to remember for both the cities of London and Houston.”

Like the previously announced California Cup, which pits Los Angeles Valiant against San Francisco Shock in a series of showmatches, the Overwatch Gilded Gala is a true test of the Overwatch League’s promised city-based structure. Fans have rallied around the city-based teams despite the artificial ties to the cities, as all Overwatch League teams will play in Los Angeles until further notice.

“Three to four star players” from each team will participate in “unique and fun game modes,” like mystery heroes, fan games, and one vs. one games. Social media personalities from each city will also be in attendance, alongside giveaways and “cultural highlights of each iconic city.” More information is expected as the event approaches.