When it was revealed that Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase's deal was coming to an end, meaning the Californian developer's titles would not be supported and made available to fans in China, questions had to be posed as to what this meant for the Overwatch League teams based in the country.
While there hasn't really been any mention of this still, the Hangzhou Spark is making it clear that even though Overwatch 2 isn't available in China, the team is confident in running an all-Chinese team.
The franchise has now signed four players and an assistant coach, as it prepares for the 2023 season, which will be starting later than expected in the East division, as there will not be a Pro-Am tournament on this side of the Pacific Ocean.
As for who the signings are, the Spark has picked up; Luo "Twenty" Wenjie, Huang "leave" Xin, Chen "Lengsa" Jingyi, and Zhou "Mmonk" Xiang as players, and Yan "creed" Xiao as an assistant coach.
With only six players currently, there's a chance we'll see further signings over the coming days and weeks.