Overwatch has, in no doubt, taken the gaming community by storm since its release just under four weeks ago. With over 10 million active players and a regular high viewership on Twitch, it will no doubt be making waves within the pro scene. There may already be a handful of ladders and cups going off around the Overwatch community, but it's the ESL who will throw Overwatch right into the deep end of competitive gaming.
For those who haven't played Overwatch yet (and ask yourself, "WHY?"), it's a multiplayer FPS (first-person shooter) where two teams of six go head-to-head as players work together to secure control points or to escort a payload being pushed to a certain destination on the map before the time limit runs out. Unlike games like Battlefield and Call of Duty, players assign themselves to play as specific heroes who all have different weapons and abilities (but this choice can be changed at any time during the game). All 21 heroes are split into four different groups/classes: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support.
Starting June 27th, teams will be able to qualify for the tournament through four qualifying rounds (hosted on ESL Play) and, once the qualifiers begin, there will be four days of competition each week throughout July, with games being covered live from ESL's studio in Cologne, Germany. After tons of competitive Overwatch to sink your teeth into, four of the best teams from North America and four of the best from Europe will come together at this year's Gamescom for the final — with a staggering $100,000 prize pool to compete for. Not bad for a game that'll only have been around for three months.
Gamescom is the 20th-21st August 2016 in Cologne, Germany.
While we wait for more information on this, why not go and support other Overwatch tournaments and help this game grow as an eSport? A few examples:
- Operation Breakout / OneNationOfGamers
- Acer Pro Challenge / aAa Gaming
- And many more...