Blizzard reveal plans for Overwatch World Cup
With just 3 months after its official release, and weeks after its Competitive patch, Blizzard will officially kick-off Overwatch’s Esports potential in its Overwatch World Cup.
Blizzard Entertainment’s newest Arena FPS hit, and their first IP since StarCraft, Overwatch is now officially set for the Esports field as Blizzard themselves reveal their plans for the first ever Overwatch World Cup. Described by the Game Development titan as an “international exhibition pitting teams from multiple nations and regions against one another in a battle for global glory“, the Overwatch World Cup will be an exhibition tournament featuring teams from 3 international regions, Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.
Being Blizzard’s first major event for Overwatch, the qualification format will follow a non-traditional, community sourced phase, dubbed as the Voting Phase, wherein select players from the chosen nations and regions will be nominated for the playerbase to choose as their country’s representative.
Each voted player will then form their country’s roster, and proceed to compete in the Regional Qualifiers, where the ultimate winners will fly to BlizzCon 2016, all expenses paid, for the main event.
In addition however, countries such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand will automatically earn their spots as the Overwatch World Cup 2016 finals on BlizzCon 2016, for the reason being Blizzard considering “a variety of factors, including server locations, regional infrastructure and connectivity, and other geographical considerations”.
A total of 16 teams from each region will be chosen, with 6 from the Asia-Pacific (including the 1 each for China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand), 4 from the Americas (including the 1 each for USA, Canada and Brazil) and 6 from the European region.
The Overwatch World Cup 2016 will not feature a prize pool, but rather, all the qualified teams that will fly to BlizzCon 2016 will be receiving an appearance fee as well as a free trip to the annual Blizzard convention. The voting phase for the Overwatch World Cup 2016 will begin this August 11, 2016, with the online matches for voted players to start this coming September, BlizzCon 2016 will be on November 4-5, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Ohio.