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Monday, 17 July 2017 17:43

The MLB apparently thinks the 'Overwatch' League logo is too similar to its own

Written by  Kellen Beck

The Overwatch League logo fits pretty well into the pantheon of traditional sports league logos. Major League Baseball thinks it fits a little too well. 

After Blizzard Entertainment submitted their application to trademark the Overwatch League logo — Blizzard's premiere Overwatch esports league kicking off later this year — MLB filed a request to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for an extension of 90 days to oppose the trademark, according to a blog post on the Morrison / Lee law firm's website.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard reveals the first official cities in the 'Overwatch' League

The reason for the MLB's hesitation is likely because the Overwatch League logo is arguably similar to the MLB's own logo. Take a look:

Image: major league baseball, blizzard entertainment

Both logos feature a rounded rectangle with two colors split by a white, left-facing silhouette. 

Despite the similarities, it's easy to tell which is which, even without the league names underneath. One silhouette is of a baseball batter about to hit a ball (or watch it fly past his chest because that ball is clearly outside the strike zone) and the other is of a person (the character Tracer) sprinting forward with her guns drawn.

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