MSI has announced their move into Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Teaming up with Blizzard to create the Masters Gaming Arena, or MGA, a $75,000 international competition to include teams three regions. Teams from the Americas, Europe, and Asia will be able to register at https://www.msi.com/event/mga/ from September 5-27 to compete in online qualifiers starting October 4.
The top eight teams from each online qualifier will then play in the regional finals from October 14-21. Going on to the finals MSI has said,
“One winning team from each region and one MSI sponsored team will be competing at the Grand Final on December 7th - 8th at Gfinity Arena, London, United Kingdom where the best teams from the 3 regions will compete over a US$75,000 in cash prizes and travel support. The winning team from the Grand Finals will win a US$40,000 grand prize, US$20,000 for the second place team, US$10,000 for the third place team and US$5,000 for the fourth place team. It’s the first time ever for the Grand Finals to set foot in the United Kingdom.”
They also had a positive image for their future in esports,
“MSI will lead gamers and fans internationally into a brand-new gaming era by presenting unprecedented, adrenaline-pumping tournaments as well as interactive product showcase and a variety of fun activities on the site. The Grand Finals feature top teams from around the globe and will be an eagerly-awaited event that draws hundreds of thousands to watch live or online as MSI will be broadcasting live for Regional Finals & Grand Finals on MSI Official Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/msigamingameu/profile.”
With all the backing that has come into Overwatch, it’s seen their tournament scene grow at a drastic rate already providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money in under a year’s time. The largest prize to date will be from 2016 ESL Overwatch Atlantic Showdown which offered $100,000 in prize money. MSI’s MGA 2016 will be the second largest, and I certainly see more coming in the near future as more leagues and organizations look to get into the growing scene.
World Wide Gaming will provide full coverage of the MSI MGA 2016 regional qualifiers as well as the finals in London, UK.