The Overwatch Leagues new jerseys are sick

 theverge.com  01/16/2020 18:49:20   Andrew Webster

There are a lot of questions going into the third season of the Overwatch League, which kicks off next month. How will players cope with traveling around the world? Will teams be able to stage events as slick as Blizzard managed in Los Angeles? Whats going on with the exodus of broadcast talent? Will the San Francisco Shock be able to repeat their incredible 2019 run? One thing that isnt up for debate, though: the leagues new jerseys are sick.

Today OWL unveiled its new line of kits, which were created by notable streetwear designer Jeff Staple. According to the league, the designer worked closely with players to make gear that didnt just look great, but made sense to wear onstage. Heres how they describe the process:

Staple worked with Overwatch League players throughout the design process to ensure the kits are a comfortable, functional uniform for competition, while also maintaining Staples signature aesthetic. The new kits utilize elevated pin-dot mesh fabric to create lightweight and breathable jerseys to balance and regulate players temperature for maximum comfort. The full kit will include a short-sleeve jersey, long-sleeve jersey, jacket, compression sleeve, hat, and beanie for each of the leagues 20 teams.

Its a big change for the league, which featured fairly bland kits during its first two years of existence, with each team utilizing an identical template, with the exception of a few alternate jerseys. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring the best of the e-sports and streetwear worlds together to create something totally unique and ground-breaking, Staple said in a statement. The kits are not only specifically engineered to perform to players specifications, but theyre also designed to look great outside the arena.

While e-sports isnt necessarily known as a fashion-forward space, thats slowly changing. Nike partnered with the League of Legends Pro League in China to design each clubs jersey, and just yesterday the brand teamed up with iconic Korean team T1  home of legendary player Lee Faker Sang-hyeok  to do the same. Meanwhile, individual teams like 100 Thieves and Faze Clan have become a mix of streetwear brands and e-sports organizations. (In fact, 100 Thieves just unveiled its own 2020 jerseys yesterday.)

You can preorder the new OWL gear on January 28th; meanwhile, the leagues third season kicks off on February 8th in New York.

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