Blizzard have introduced some huge modifications to the decrease tiers of Overwatch esports, notably Overwatch Contenders, the ‘growth’ league announced back in May.
Here’s our thorough briefing on the Overwatch League.
Existing regional leagues will likely be folded into Contenders: Overwatch APEX, Overwatch Premier Series, and the Overwatch Pacific Championship, which will likely be renamed Contenders Korea, Contenders China, and Contenders Pacific, respectively. New Contenders leagues will likely be established in Australia and South America, becoming a member of the prevailing North America and Europe areas to deliver the whole variety of Contenders leagues to seven.
Each 12 months of Contenders could have three seasons, with prize swimming pools value as much as $100,000 already having been provided. If the Overwatch League is the sport’s premiership, Contenders is its first division, and it is a huge deal in its personal proper. Its first season noticed a few of the greatest names in esports competing, together with EnvyUs, Cloud9, Misfits, and Team Gigantti. You can be taught extra at its website.
The Overwatch Open Division additionally returns in January, in the identical seven areas as Contenders. This is the prospect for unusual gamers to make it in Overwatch esports: “gamers who attain the required ranks will likely be eligible to compete within the Overwatch Open Division,” say Blizzard, and when you do nicely, you may then be eligible for Contenders Trials. This is a promotion/relegation event that will likely be held on the finish of each Contenders season, and will provide you with an ideal likelihood to be seen by Contenders groups.