Blizzard announces Overwatch World Cup
The game has not been out for six months, yet the hype and push by Blizzard for Overwatch to be a huge competitive game is real. The tournament will be an exhibition of players around the world to showcase the talent from various regions and countries.
There is not a prize pool up for grabs, but players who make it past the exhibition qualifiers will receive a paid trip to BlizzCon as well as an appearance bonus. What is even more interesting, is that citizens of regions can nominate non-professional players to represent them.
As for who gets to play, it will go like this:
- On Aug. 11, nations and regions will vote on the players they would like to see on their roster.
- After voting ends, players will play in online qualifiers. These will be best-of-three, single-elimination online matches.
3. At the end of the online qualifers, there will be 16 teams going to BlizzCon. There will be six European teams, six Asia-Pacific teams and four from the Americas.
The following teams will automatically advance to the BlizzCon exhibition for a variety of factors outlined in the post:
- United States
- South Korea
- New Zealand
To see the full list of countries and regions, make sure to reference the image from the Overwatch news post below.
Currently, rules have not been laid out by Blizzard. It is also uncertain of how the exhibition at BlizzCon will be streamed* because there is the possibility that online spectators will have to purchase a BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket, a $39.99 value, to watch the event. Hopefully, Blizzard will stream the events on Twitch for those who do not want to pay $40 to watch the Overwatch tournament alone.
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*I have reached out to Blizzard Entertainment and Overwatch for comment on stream possibilities. I have not received information back, but I will update this post and post on Twitter about the response.
Image: Offical Overwatch World Cup post on Overwatch's website.