What you read in the title is real. The French Overwatch national team got its blessing from prominent figures in the French government, making it the first team to receive such encouragement going to the Overwatch World Cup.
Ahead of the Overwatch World Cup Shanghai group stage, where France will compete for a space at the big event at BlizzCon, French politician Denis Masséglia sent a letter of well-wishes to the team.
“It’s an honor for me to cheer for the team’s national success in Overwatch,” Masséglia said in a translation of the letter. “Secretary of State Mounir Mahjoubi joins me is wishing you luck at the Shanghai qualifiers.”
France is heading into the Overwatch World Cup group stages as the likely favorite in Group B. They’ll face off against Denmark, Thailand, and Argentina for a top-two finish. The top two that move on from there will compete against the top teams from Group A. From there, two teams from the Shanghai playoffs will make it to the main event at BlizzCon in November.