Blizzard Entertainment and ESL FACEIT GROUP (EFG) Announce groundbreaking news: They're setting up Overwatch Champions Series (OWCS), based on Overwatch 2, ushered in a new era in eSports. This innovation not only signals a change in Overwatch esports, but also shapes the future of digital competitions.
Change to Overwatch Champion Series
OWL has built a loyal fan base since its inception and has seen some amazing esports moments. However, at the end of 2023, the team owners decided to withdraw from the league, prompting Activision Blizzard, now owned by Microsoft, to shut down the league and rethink its esports program for Overwatch 2.
The OWCS announcement confirms reports in September that it was in discussions with outside tournament organizers to take over the OWL or develop a new esports program. While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, the fact that EFG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Savvy Games Group owned by Saudi sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund, is involved, indicates a significant investment.
Structure and scope of OWCS
OWCS is called “successor “Monitoring League” It aims to make eSports global and more accessible. EFG explained that OWCS will offer an esports arena that is “open, always available and global.” Contests are hosted by EFG in North America and EMEA and WDG (We Design Games Culture) in Asia.
Particular emphasis is placed on integrating Path-to-Pro and professional competitions through ESL, DreamHack, the face Be organized. Each region will have its own series of qualifying competitions and tournaments. These will culminate in two international live events: the DreamHack Dallas Major and the Global Finals during DreamHack Stockholm.
The role of FACEIT
the face You will play a central role during the online competitions and qualifying rounds. The platform also supports tournament organizers and community leaders who want to produce contests and community experiences for third parties. This approach encourages broader participation and allows the community to actively participate in shaping the esports experience.
Outlook and expectations
More details on tournament formats, ticket sales, prize money and more will be announced at a later date. Expectations for OWCS are high, not only because of its ambitious structure, but also because of the participating companies. Combining Blizzard's game development expertise with EFG's events and production expertise promises an exciting future for Overwatch esports fans.
introduction Overwatch Heroes Series It marks a turning point in Overwatch esports. With a renewed focus on global accessibility and community engagement, OWCS appears poised to continue its legacy Monitoring period To continue and expand. While fans and players await more details, anticipation remains high about the new possibilities this change will bring.
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