Overwatch League Stage 1 champions London Spitfire have announced their Contenders team roster.
Known as British Hurricane, the academy side will take aim at the Overwatch Contenders, which is the development league for promising Overwatch esports talent.
They have three players from the UK: Fusions, Kyb and FunnyAstro.
The full British Hurricane roster is as follows (nationalities are listed in this tweet):
- Fusions (tank)
- Hafficool (tank)
- Kyb (dps)
- Kragie (dps)
- Bock1 (support)
- CrusaDe (support)
- FunnyAstro (support)
- Tactic (coach)
- Izzy (manager)
British Hurricane also released the following announcement video:
Paul Chaloner, MD of Code Red Esports, who are looking after Cloud9's Spitfire franchise operations in the UK, previously told Esports News UK he wanted to ensure an academy team are EU-based, and for the academy side to offer 'the chance to promote top UK talent to the team over time'.
The team will play in dark and light blue, reports the Daily Mail, and the next Contenders League will get underway in March.
Paul Chaloner also told the Mail: "The plan for the first Contenders team was always to go and find the best players and the best team we could find. But the plan for running a competition to get players into the Contenders team from Britain still stands.
"The plan for the first Contenders team was always to go and find the best players and the best team we could find."
"There's a good opportunity for them to learn from a set of players who are Stage 1 champions, and pick up advice, hints, and tips from the coaching staff as well."
The plan is to get the Contenders team and main Spitfire team located together in the UK once Spitfire has its base of operations sorted.