With seasonal esports now a major thing with established teams, events and a list of games working to continue to legitimise the burgeoning competitive gaming space, a few titles standout as industry leaders. Today one such game, Overwatch, which won Best Esports Game at The Game Awards, has had its upcoming regular season schedule revealed as we close in on 2019, with tickets also now available for purchase.
Kicking off on February 15, Blizzard will mark the occasion with a marquee Grand Final rematch between champions London Spitfire, and runner-up, Philadelphia Fusion. Here's some official information on the season ahead:
New to Overwatch League’s 2019 season is the introduction of Homestand Weekend events. Three teams – the Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign and Los Angeles Valiant – will host regular season matches in their respective territories, giving more fans their first taste of live professional Overwatch before all teams move into their home venues in the future. Tickets for Homestand Weekend events will be put on sale by the individual teams at a later date.
The 2019 season will also have a revamped playoff structure and end-of-season format. For the 2019 season, the league’s top six teams will automatically qualify for the postseason, with the Atlantic and Pacific Division winners receiving top seeds. Two final playoff spots will be decided via a play-in tournament in August. The tournament will feature teams that finished seventh through twelfth in the overall standings, with the top two teams from this tournament advancing to the postseason. This play-in tournament will replace the Stage Finals at the end of the league’s fourth and final stage.
The prize pool will be increasing from $3.5 million USD to $5 million USD in 2019. Details on prizing, and the map pool for Stage 1, are available now on OverwatchLeague.com. Specific dates, formats and other information for the All-Star event, playoffs and Grand Finals will be unveiled next year.
All matches will be broadcast on OverwatchLeague.com, Twitch, and MLG. Select matches will be broadcast in North America on the ESPN / ABC / Disney XD family of networks. The complete regular-season linear broadcast schedule will be announced shortly.
Check out the full schedule and ticket purchase options here
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Watch a trailer for the upcoming season embedded below.