Sources: 2019 Overwatch League finals to be held in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Fusion take on the London Spitfire in the 2018 Overwatch League finals last August. Hannah Smith/ESPAT Media

Activision Blizzard will host the Overwatch League 2019 grand finals in Philadelphia, league sources told ESPN this week.

The Overwatch developer revealed the finals plans in a meeting to owners several weeks ago.

Several sources, when asked, told ESPN that the grand finals are expected to be at the Wells Fargo Center, which is operated by Comcast Spectacor, owner of the Philadelphia Fusion and home to the 76ers and Flyers. The sources could not confirm whether the venue was discussed in the meeting.

In February, Overwatch League partner and sponsor T-Mobile revealed through a sweepstakes contest for free finals tickets that the event will be staged Sept. 29.

In March, Comcast Spectacor announced plans to build a $50 Million, 60,000-square-foot arena -- currently named the Fusion Arena -- for the Fusion to play in Overwatch League starting next year.

One source close to the league speculated Philadelphia was the choice because of Comcast Spectacor's investment in the future arena, the heavily reduced costs of using a venue owned by an Activision Blizzard team partner and the easier logistics of hosting the finals in the U.S. than an international city.

Representatives for the Philadelphia Fusion declined to comment. Activision Blizzard did not respond to a request for comment.

While one source who spoke to ESPN said they would like more transparency from Activision Blizzard on the process of hosting the Overwatch League finals, and more transparency in general for a variety of issues tied to the game and the league, the near consensus was that planning for the launch of Overwatch League home games in 2020 is where the focus is right now.

This past weekend, the Dallas Fuel hosted the first-ever Overwatch League homestand in front of a sold-out crowd at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, as part of the league's 2019 road show. Additional home games are set to be contested in Atlanta and in Los Angeles, hosted by the Reign and Valiant, respectively.

Jacob Wolf contributed to this report.