Overwatch Contenders League Opening Amateur Competitive Play In June

by Robert Workman

Overwatch

Want to get involved with the Overwatch competitions, but afraid you don’t have the skills to keep up with the pros? Not to worry, as Blizzard has a league that may just be right for you.

The company has recently noted in a blog post that it is preparing for the launch of the new Overwatch Contenders League, which is set to bring amateur players into competitive play not only in the United States, but also in Europe.

And you won’t have to wait long to see how this Contenders League shapes up. The league will officially begin on June 3rd and 4th and will run matches throughout June in both the U.S. and European regions. From there, the playoffs will take place in July for the league’s “Season Zero,” with a $50,000 prize pool offered across each region. The final playoffs will follow soon thereafter, where players have a chance of winning $100,000 in each region, determined by picking the top eight teams for each group.

Those interested in registering for a chance to show off their stuff in the Overwatch Contenders League can do so at this link, though you’d best hurry since competition is set to kick off in just a couple of weeks.

“While preparations for the Overwatch League are busily underway, we know that the future stars of the league are out there, training hard and looking to make their mark. That’s why we’re creating opportunities now for players across the competitive spectrum to prove themselves in glorious combat, from the solo-queue superstars to the established tournament veterans,” the team noted in its blog post.

The future of the league looks pretty bright as well. “Once Overwatch Contenders is underway, up-and-coming teams will have additional opportunities to demonstrate their prowess via the Overwatch Open Division. This tournament series will take place in select regions around the world, and in 2018, will offer emerging teams a path to Overwatch Contenders seasons in each region. If you are Masters rank or higher, and you dare to see where your Overwatch skills can take you, then stay tuned for more information on Open Division signups.”

More information about the tournament can be found here.

Overwatch is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.