We've been waiting to find out how exactly Blizzard's official Overwatch tournament will be structured, and it seems that we finally have the answer! Announced just a few hours ago, the Overwatch World Cup has been revealed as the grand stage for the very best players in the world to strut their stuff on.
Our World Cup guide contains everything you need to know about this exciting new development on the competitive Overwatch scene, from how and when competitors will be selected, to the structure of the competition itself. More details are expected from Blizzard in the very near future, and we'll be updating this guide as soon as they're released.
Once the competition itself is actually underway, you'll be able to access all of the team announcements, streams and results from this very page. We'll add everything you could possibly need for tracking the competition right here, so make sure you bookmark this page for future reference!
With that out of the way, here's every we know right now about the Overwatch World Cup. If there's anything you'd like to see added to this guide, just let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate it. Exciting times!
Update: Following a global round of player voting, you can now find the complete player roster for Overwatch's first World Cup in a new section of this guide.
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Overwatch World Cup guide: Overview
World Cup overview
The Overwatch World Cup provides players from all over the world with an opportunity to compete against each other. In the initial phase of the competition, regular players will vote for their favourite players from the Overwatch scene who will represent their country. Teams will then compete online, before the very best head to the finals at this year's Blizzcon.
The initial stages of the competition will begin in September, with teams competing in best-of-three, single-elimination qualifiers conducted online. At Blizzcon itself, the top sixteen teams will fight in a series of best-of-three stages, ahead of the best-of-five, single elimination finals.
Those sixteen teams will include six teams from Europe, six from Asia-Pacific and four from the Americas. You can see a complete list of the eligible countries below:
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How to vote in the Overwatch World Cup
Blizzard is in the process of building a nomination list comprised of pro-gamers, popular streamers, and high-ranking community players from each country. Once that list has been finalised, players will be invited to vote for their representatives from next Thursday 11th August (we'll add a link here when the voting portal is live).
Note that you'll only be allowed to vote in the Overwatch World Cup if you have an active license for the game. You'll also only be able to vote for a representative in the nation that your Battle.net account is associated with.
UPDATE: Voting is now open over at the official World Cup website
How to watch Overwatch World Cup streams
All matches will be streamed online for your enjoyment! We will add links to this article well ahead of time so you can dive straight into the latest action. We will also break our World Cup guide out into multiple pages, so you can track all of the information that's most important to you!