The Washington Justice became the final of the eight expansion teams to reveal their branding ahead of Season 2 of the Overwatch League on Monday.
The new franchise owned by Washington Esports Ventures and based in the nation's capital revealed a red, white and blue color scheme. The logo includes a "W" at the bottom as a tribute to the region, centered on the Washington Monument.
Courage, honor, loyalty, sacrifice. But most important is justice ⚖️— Washington Justice (@OverwatchDC) December 3, 2018
We're stoked to be a part of #OWL2019 and we can't wait to show you everything we've got! #JusticeIsServed pic.twitter.com/9I8OEo1xdd
"Justice is a universal value and the perfect name for a franchise that we hope will inspire and unite both our Washington area community and fans around the globe," said Mark Ein, the CEO of Venturehouse Group, which led the creation of the organization. "There is no region in the world that attracts more people to serve the cause of justice in government, philanthropy, academia, military service, and the private sector than Washington. In fact, DC's official city motto is 'Justitia Omnibus,' which translates to 'Justice for All.'
"As a team representing the broader (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) region, it was important that our team identity reflects a value that unifies all of our community members, representing the full diversity of backgrounds and beliefs."
The Justice also revealed their first staff announcement, including assistant Kyoung Ey Molly "AVALLA" Kim becoming the first female OWL coach. Washington's head coach will be former New York Excelsior head coach Kim "WizardHyeong" Hyeong-seok, and former player and coach Mark "Obasill" Regush will fill an unspecified role for the Justice. Aaron Heckman and former players Mikael "mkL" Skjonhaug and Canaan "Shrugger" Carman will also assist the team in undisclosed roles.
The team announced former New York Excelsior main tank Song "Janus" Joon-hwa as its first signing earlier in the offseason.
Kate Mitchell will also serve as the Assistant General Manager of Washington Esports Ventures.
"Fittingly, the Washington Justice coaching staff reflects the Capital Region's diverse character, strong work ethic, and commitment to excellence," the team's press release stated. "The staff and players come from five different countries, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and South Korea.
"The team is home to two trailblazing role models for women in the esports community: Kate Mitchell has been a tireless leader in Overwatch grassroots esports, building and leading organizations to competitive success; similarly, Molly "AVALLA" Kim has built a reputation for her deeply analytic coaching style in Overwatch Contenders, leading to her becoming the first female coach in the Overwatch League.?
The team said its remaining players will be revealed by the end of the week.
Season 2 of the OWL will begin Feb. 14 and will include 20 teams.
-- Field Level Media