Overwatch Open Winners Will Nab $100,000 This Week

One of the biggest tournaments so far of Overwatch [official site] is happening this week, with a total prize pool of $300,000. We told you about it a couple of months ago but, silly you, you’ve forgotten. The Overwatch Open has already seen one day of North American regionals, kicking off yesterday, with the second day of games happening right now. But Europe and the grand final itself is yet to come. Here’s the schedule and details of how to watch it.

If you’re quick enough you can catch the rest of today’s North American matches on Twitch right now. Eight NA teams have been Reapering and Dva’ing their hearts out, vying to reach the grand final. Tomorrow there’ll be a break in the events. But on Wednesday the European teams will come out of their locker rooms, presumably after smashing everything inside in an idle surge of wanton destruction. Those eight teams will play their regional matches over two days. Then, on Friday, everything comes to a close in the grand final, where the winning team from each region will shoot sleep darts and molten steel at each other for the $100,000 grand prize, while the remaining cash is shared out to the runners-up.

For a breakdown on how the whole thing works, see the Open’s website. We are mostly interested to see if Overwatch can be decent in terms of a spectator sport, considering it’s hard to see everything happening on the map from one character’s viewpoint. But the broadcasters seem to be taking it seriously. Just look at the size of this desk.

This isn’t the only Overwatch competition on the cards. The Overwatch World Cup will be hosting its finals at Blizzcon in November, but the prize for the winners there is a sense of national pride (and, of course, the paid trip to Blizzcon). And in other news, Symmetra (the game’s least-used hero) will soon be getting a boost, according to lead designer Jeff Kaplan.

“She is a hero we’d like to make some changes to,” he told Business Insider. “I think those changes wouldn’t see the light of day until November, though, because we want to do a bunch of internal testing.”

Happy days if you’re a fan of harassing people with tiny, annoying laser turrets.

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  1. Freud says:

    I think this is a game that is much more fun to play than watch. It’s so spammy by nature, it’s hard to catch the action in a proper way.

    I guess those that are really into the game as players might be interested though.

  2. Silverchain says:

    I love Symmetra dearly and it seems to me that people underestimate her tricks and especially her mostly-unblockable hand-held death-ray badly as things stand, but at least in my inexpert hands she’s mostly confined to defensive play. Then again, I’d kinda prefer that she remain underestimated…

  3. AlexStoic says:

    Not to be a “Well, actually…” kind of guy but there’s been several medium-profile OW tournaments already. Does OW work as a spectator sport? I think not really, unless you’re really into the game.

    There’s just not much room for comebacks, clutch plays or surprise picks the way you might see them in CS or DotA, you tend to see identical teams playing identical strats and just crashing into each other over and over. Whoever has the slightly superior DPS players or the better luck per team fight is the winner.

    That said, the OW Open might be more like college football compared to pro. It’s going to have less experienced players, so maybe more room for upsets.

    • PiiSmith says:

      I say that it is exactly the opposite. It is very rare you get any surprise in one of the established ESports (CS, Dota, …). You have a higher chance in Overwatch.
      I agree, that because of it heavy reliance of actions as a team, it is not easily understandable. It might be more or less only watched by the players of Overwatch.

  4. aircool says:

    Haven’t played this since the end of Season 1. I love the game, but not being able to change enemy colours makes it so hard to see enemies on most maps.

    Unless they’ve actually worked on the colourblind modes… which they probably haven’t as I never got an answer on the forums even though I asked about it several times a week.

    Bah… now I’m angry at Blizzard. Fuck You Blizzard and your shit colourblind modes :/

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