Blizzard revives Overwatch 2 esports with the newly announced Overwatch Champions Series


Remember back before Christmas when it became clear that Overwatch League, the bajillion-dollar esports league that embroiled global investors and players and then was left to sort of fizzle out when it became clear Overwatch 2 wasn’t going to live up to its promise (or its promises)? Well, it’s still dead, but it’s getting a sequel in the form of the Overwatch Champions Series, aka OWCS.

Announced today by Blizzard and ESL FACEIT, the international esports program is set to kick off in March, following qualifiers at the end of February.

“Our esports efforts in 2024 will be multifaceted and the first program that we’re excited to introduce to you all is the Overwatch Champions Series (OWCS). The OWCS is our new premiere international competitive circuit open to players across North America (NA), Europe, Middle East, and North Africa (EMEA), and Asia. The 2024 season will feature multiple competitive stages where each region will have its own set of Open Qualifiers, giving players the ability to form their own teams and battle it out for their place in the Main Event. The stages will culminate in two live, in-person international events, bringing the regions together for the pinnacle of Overwatch play on the largest stage ever for Overwatch Esports.”

Source: Press release, official site
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