ByDan O'Halloran, writer at
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Gamescom in Cologne, Germany just wrapped the first Overwatch international championship. With a total prize pool of $100,000 the winner was a surprise no one saw coming in this ESL Atlantic Showdown.

Despite Teamy EnVyUS coming in as heavy favorites with an unbeaten track record, French-Swedish underdog team Rogue came out on top and took home the $40k grand prize. Not a bad haul for the first Overwatch tournament with a prize pool to top six figures.

It's High Noon

Starting months earlier with over 200 teams, this weekend's finals narrowed the field to just North America's Team EnVyUS and Fnatic and Europe's Rogue and REUNITED for Sunday's playoffs.

But the competition didn't go well for the NA teams as they were picked off by their European opponents. Particularly brutal was Rogue's stunning 3-2 defeat of EnVyUs ending their 57-0 winning streak. This left Rogue to face off fellow European team REUNITED in the final best of five showdown.

The French-Swedish team took down their opponents 3-1 with Michael "Winz" Bignet and Dylan "aKm" Bignet cleaning up despite REUNITED's Hendrik-William "Vallutaja" Kinks shining with his outstanding McCree and Tracer plays.

Well over 75,000 viewers watched the stream as Rogue claimed the first Overwatch International grand prize. That's a lot of people for a game that's only been out for a handful of months.

No rest for the wicked. Now the players go directly into the next big tournament, ELeague's Overwatch Open which starts on Thursday and boasts an even bigger prize pool: $300k!

Looking for more Overwatch goodness? Check out our Ultimate 'Overwatch' Guide: What You Need to Know to Be The Best!


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