Blizzard has partnered up with a dozen of companies to create Overwatch Open. The first international Overwatch tournament is going to conclude with a help from Twitch, WME | IMG, Turner, ELEAGUE and FACEIT. Starting tomorrow, the tournament will have an online and offline parts. The total prize pool consists of US$300,000, and the finals will conclude in September.
The action will begin with the European and North American online phase, on the FACEIT platform. Online rounds will culminate with a playoff round to be played Friday through Sunday, August 26-28. The top eight teams from each of these regional playoffs will advance to the Finals.
The North American Regional Finals will be held Sunday and Monday, Sept. 25-26, ahead of the European Regional Finals played on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29. The winning team from each Regional Final will earn a place in the Grand Finals and a chance to win the US$100,000 grand prize.
The Overwatch Open Grand Final, also held at the ELEAGUE arena in Atlanta, will be presented live on TBS, along with simultaneous coverage via Twitch, on Friday, Sept. 30. The winning team of the Overwatch Open Grand Finals will receive $100,000, with the runners-up taking home US$32,000.
More details can be found on the tournament's web page.
You might wonder what Illidan and Legion expansion have to do with Overwatch. Well, Blizzard has released the Overwatch patch which features and new Spray and Player Icon named "You are not prepared." You can check the full list of patch notes here.