How to watch the Overwatch World Cup Los Angeles group stage

The U.S.-based group stage begins Sept. 7.

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The Overwatch World Cup roadshow continues, with the tournament’s second group stage heading to Los Angeles, California. Six teams have qualified, but only two can make it to the main event at BlizzCon in November.

The tournament’s group stage will take over Blizzard Arena Los Angeles for the weekend, transforming the Overwatch League stage into a site where teams fight for national glory. The three-day event will unfold starting on Sept. 7.

Regionally-based teams have been preparing for the group stage for months, picking and choosing the best players from their respective countries.

Related: Here’s where the Overwatch World Cup group stages will take place

What’s the schedule?

Teams will compete in the group stage event over three days. The top two teams will move on to the Overwatch World Cup’s main event at BlizzCon in November.

Sept. 7

  • Austria vs. Canada, 12pm CT
  • Norway vs. Switzerland, 1:45pm CT
  • Canada vs. Brazil, 3:30pm CT
  • Austria vs. United States, 5:15pm CT
  • Norway vs. Brazil, 7pm CT

Sept. 8

  • Switzerland vs. Austria, 12pm CT
  • Brazil vs. United States, 1:45pm CT
  • Norway vs. Canada, 3:30pm CT
  • United States vs. Switzerland, 5:15pm CT
  • Brazil vs. Austria, 7pm CT

Sept. 9

  • Norway vs. Austria, 12pm CT
  • Canada vs. Switzerland, 1:45pm CT
  • Norway vs. United States, 3:30pm CT
  • Switzerland vs. Brazil, 5:15pm CT
  • United States vs. Canada, 7pm CT

Where can I watch?

The entire event will be livestreamed in multiple languages on the Overwatch world CupTwitch channel. Tickets are sold out, but the event will be held live at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in California.

What’s at stake?

Two spots at the Overwatch World Cup are up for grabs. The six teams participating in the Los Angeles qualifier will be fighting for those two slots. But all teams are earning money for competing at the event, with each roster awarded $15,000. Teams that make it to the main event in November will earn an additional $16,000.

Otherwise, the Overwatch World Cup is a potential scouting ground for the Overwatch League, the game’s premier tournament. The roster signing period for the league is currently open, and upcoming players will be looking to stand out at the Overwatch World Cup. Blizzard is reportedly adding eight more teams to the Overwatch League, according to an ESPN report—and that’s a lot of slots to fill.