The Canadian team of the Overwatch League, the Toronto Defiant, has revealed that their official academy team that will be competing in the Overwatch Contenders will be called the Montreal Rebellion.
The Toronto Defiant partnered with OverActive Media and Quebec-based Mirage Sport Électronique (MSE) to reveal the new organization’s branding earlier today.
According to the announcement, the Montreal Rebellion will be fielding an international roster of players from Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Brazil.
“We are so excited at the diverse backgrounds and player skill sets we have already assembled for our new Rebellion team. And since our players live and will be playing in Canada, we want to be a model for the future generations of Canadian esports athletes,” said MSE president Yannick Babin in a statement.
The team claims that they have established the first pro-gaming house in Quebec, as the players will be living together in Montreal. The house will also serve as the Rebellion’s own training facility.
The team will also start playing from Esports Central Arena in downtown Montreal for the second season of the Overwatch Contenders. The Rebellion aims to play its online matches in front of a local audience at the arena, which can accommodate up to 500 spectators.
The Overwatch League allows players to sign two-way contracts and compete for both an Overwatch League team and its affiliated Overwatch Contenders team, but with certain play time and pay restrictions. It is expected that some of the Rebellion’s players will see playing time in both the Overwatch Contenders and the Overwatch League as the competitive season continues.