Upcoming Overwatch Tournaments

Date Tournament /
Prize money
Tournament Prize money Teams Players Teams /
Players
16.10.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #20
MGA Community Overwatch Series #20
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #20MGA Community Overwatch Series #20 $ 840 8 - 8 -
18.09.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #19
MGA Community Overwatch Series #19
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #19MGA Community Overwatch Series #19 $ 840 8 - 8 -
06.09.2021 Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 3
Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 3
$ 166800
Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 3Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 3 $ 166800 16 - 16 -
19.06.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #18
MGA Community Overwatch Series #18
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #18MGA Community Overwatch Series #18 $ 840 8 - 8 -
19.06.2021 Cheez-It Grooves College Esports Invitational
Cheez-It Grooves College Esports Invitational
$ 13500
Cheez-It Grooves College Esports InvitationalCheez-It Grooves College Esports Invitational $ 13500 34 - 34 -
24.05.2021 Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 2
Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 2
$ 566800
Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 2Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 2 $ 566800 40 - 40 -
22.05.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #17
MGA Community Overwatch Series #17
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #17MGA Community Overwatch Series #17 $ 840 8 - 8 -
18.05.2021 Aurora Cup Semi-pro Challenge 2021
Aurora Cup Semi-pro Challenge 2021
$ 3418
Aurora Cup Semi-pro Challenge 2021Aurora Cup Semi-pro Challenge 2021 $ 3418 16 - 16 -
14.05.2021 NetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 Spring
NetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 Spring
$ 15527
NetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 SpringNetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 Spring $ 15527 6 - 6 -
24.04.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #16
MGA Community Overwatch Series #16
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #16MGA Community Overwatch Series #16 $ 840 8 - 8 -
24.04.2021 School Tournament 2021 Season 2
School Tournament 2021 Season 2
$ 1795
School Tournament 2021 Season 2School Tournament 2021 Season 2 $ 1795 8 - 8 -
16.04.2021 Overwatch League 2021
Overwatch League 2021
$ 4250000
Overwatch League 2021Overwatch League 2021 $ 4250000 20 - 20 -
27.03.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #15
MGA Community Overwatch Series #15
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #15MGA Community Overwatch Series #15 $ 840 8 - 8 -
22.03.2021 Borbon Open Season Zero
Borbon Open Season Zero
$ 762
Borbon Open Season ZeroBorbon Open Season Zero $ 762 12 - 12 -
20.03.2021 Mayhem Spring Classic - 2021
Mayhem Spring Classic - 2021
$ 5000
Mayhem Spring Classic - 2021Mayhem Spring Classic - 2021 $ 5000 8 - 8 -
14.03.2021 ASUES Open Tournament
ASUES Open Tournament
$ 630
ASUES Open TournamentASUES Open Tournament $ 630 10 - 10 -
11.03.2021 Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 1
Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 1
$ 566800
Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 1Overwatch Contenders 2021 Season 1 $ 566800 40 - 40 -
28.02.2021 SteelSeries Invitational
SteelSeries Invitational
$ 10000
SteelSeries InvitationalSteelSeries Invitational $ 10000 4 - 4 -
27.02.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #14
MGA Community Overwatch Series #14
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #14MGA Community Overwatch Series #14 $ 840 8 - 8 -
01.02.2021 Open Division 2021 Season 1
Open Division 2021 Season 1
$ 4000
Open Division 2021 Season 1Open Division 2021 Season 1 $ 4000 40 - 40 -
01.02.2021 OVERWATCH OPENTEST 2021 ep.4
OVERWATCH OPENTEST 2021 ep.4
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OVERWATCH OPENTEST 2021 ep.4OVERWATCH OPENTEST 2021 ep.4 - 8 - 8 -
30.01.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #13
MGA Community Overwatch Series #13
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #13MGA Community Overwatch Series #13 $ 840 8 - 8 -
23.01.2021 NetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 - Free season
NetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 - Free season
$ 10851
NetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 - Free seasonNetEase Esports X Tournament 2021 - Free season $ 10851 4 - 4 -
22.01.2021 Flash Ops: Kanezaka Community Tournament
Flash Ops: Kanezaka Community Tournament
$ 34073
Flash Ops: Kanezaka Community TournamentFlash Ops: Kanezaka Community Tournament $ 34073 20 - 20 -
02.01.2021 MGA Community Overwatch Series #12
MGA Community Overwatch Series #12
$ 840
MGA Community Overwatch Series #12MGA Community Overwatch Series #12 $ 840 8 - 8 -
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All About Overwatch Tournaments and World Championship

The first Overwatch tournament took place in 2015, even before the official release of the game. However, these competitions were very modest, the prize pool there amounted to hundreds of dollars. It was a kind of training before the real championships and cups. In 2016, serious Overwatch esports tournaments began to be held, and the cybersport scene began to take shape.

The official release of the game took place on May 24, 2016, and the Agents Rising tournament started on May 28. It was attended by teams widely known in the world of esports: Team Liquid and Cloud9. The second team won, earning 5 thousand US dollars.

Since then, Overwatch tournaments have been held regularly. Prize funds were growing, new players and teams came to the discipline, and the number of fans increased as well. Tournament broadcasts are gathering a decent audience. Also, fans willingly come to offline events. Such tournaments turn out to be very entertaining due to the atmosphere — thousands of fans do their best to support their favorites. In this regard, esports is becoming more and more similar to traditional sports — Overwatch is no exception.

Types of Overwatch Tournaments

Today there are a wide variety of Overwatch pro tournaments. They differ in the format of the event, the composition of the participants, the prestige, the size of the prize pool. Next, we’ll take a look at a few of the types of tournaments that OW currently has.

Open Division

Blizzard officially supports aspiring esports players. So, a special league was created for them — the Open Division. Gamers who have reached the Master’s rank can get into it. Such players get the opportunity to get into big esports by participating in regular Open Division tournaments, which take place quite often. They are divided into regions. The competition in the leagues is outrageous, but this does not stop aspiring players in esports on their way to their dreams.

Open Division is integrated with the Contenders system, which we will talk about a little later. Thanks to this, beginners can get a chance to make their way to the higher leagues.

Contenders Trials

This Overwatch tournament is the link between the Contenders and the Open Division. This includes the professional teams that performed the worst in the first of the two league seasons. The best players from the Open Division can also take part in the Contenders Trials. It turns out a kind of play-off matches. They are also divided into regions so that teams can easily play with each other online.

According to the results of the Contenders Trials draw, teams can go for a decrease, increase, or maintain their status. They play matches among themselves in Round Robin format. After that, the strongest go to the next Contenders draw, and the weakest to the Open Division.

Contenders

This league is attended by novice esports players who have already been able to declare themselves and achieve certain results on the professional stage. These gamers can look forward to some decent cash prizes. But you always need to keep yourself in shape. Last place in the Contenders league means possible relegation. Having lost in the Contenders Trials, the team will noticeably lose in terms of finances, or may not even enter the big stage at all.

Overwatch League

The Overwatch League is the pinnacle of an esports career. The strongest teams on the planet come here and play regular-season matches for several months. The fight is fierce here because the default league has no prize pool. Cash prizes start in the playoffs and grand finals. They can be as high as millions of dollars. Therefore, the top teams give themselves completely to these matches. Fans in return receive very entertaining and memorable battles. This makes these Overwatch tournaments the most popular in the industry.

Overwatch World Championship — Top Event for the Professionals

Collectives participate in all of the above tournaments. They can be collected from players who represent different countries. Most of the teams are looking to invite South Korean eSports players to join them. But there is an OW tournament, where players represent purely their own country. It’s about the Overwatch World Championship.

This competition is held once a year in late October and early November. The world championship is hosted by the American city of Anaheim, California. Teams are selected using special qualifications. In total, 8-10 strongest national teams of the world participate in the tournament, which defends the honor of their country. Of course, the representatives of South Korea are most successful in this. They won 3 out of 4 championships. Another victory was won by the eSport team from the USA.

The World Championship Overwatch is held in a standard esports format. Teams play in the group stage first. The strongest go to the playoff semi-finals, 2nd and 3rd places in groups — to the quarterfinals. Then the elimination game and heated battles begin.