Overwatch is celebrating its one year anniversary, and a lot of big announcements are coming out because of this. Blizzard had already announced that a major esports league for the game, called simply Overwatch League, was coming and that Blizzard is working hard hard for the hype. But they also know that it might take a while, and players are hungry now, especially in the West. So, to get the ball rolling, a development league has been unveiled in the form of Overwatch Contenders.
This very special tournament will begin this Summer in the US and Europe, and is meant to bring the biggest stars of these two countries to the surface so that when the Overwatch League arrives, they’ll already be qualified for it.
To ensure that everyone gets a shot, the very first season, dubbed “Season Zero,” will be an open signup with online only qualifiers that will help sift through everything until there are only 8 teams left in both the US and in Europe. Oh, and the prize pool will be $50,000, so that’s a pretty good incentive to try it out.
Once the main teams have been established, they’ll be put into Overwatch Contenders Season One, where they will compete in a round-robin style tournament for $100,000. But that’s not all, as there will be plenty of eyes on the showcase of teams to see who will possibly get drafted to a major league team for the Overwatch League.
But fear not if you don’t make it far in Season Zero, as there will be chances to earn the right to play in future seasons via the Overwatch Open Division. However, if you think you are ready, and you’ve got the team to back you up, get on over to the registration site and get signed up!