Thirty-two teams from North America and Europe qualified for the first-ever Overwatch Open, a $300,000 international tournament put on by ELeague and FaceIt.
The online playoffs start Aug. 24 as 16 teams from each region compete for a spot in the LAN finals at the ELeague Arena in Atlanta, which will also be broadcast live on TBS. This is ELeague’s second time hosting an esports tournament and only the second major Overwatch tournament in the world.
Most of the teams that qualified placed well in the previous major Overwatch tournament, ESL’s Atlantic Showdown, including the top four teams from each region: North America’s Team EnVyUs, Cloud9, Fnatic and CompLexity Gaming, and Europe’s Misfits, Team Dignitas, champions Rogue and runner-ups Reunited.
The 12 remaining North American teams that qualified for the Overwatch Open are NRG eSports, Team Liquid, Sodipop, Splyce, Selfless, Colorado Clutch, Sea Algae, Method, Northern Gaming, Geckfox, MONO and I’m Your Huckleberry.
The 12 other European teams that qualified are Luminosity Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, ANOX, FaZe, Melty, Prets, Bringos, OWKings, NINY, Bfly, The Gatekeepers and BBE.
The 32 qualifying teams will start competing in the playoffs Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET, and only 16 teams will be left after they conclude Aug. 28.
Each region will emerge with eight top teams, which will compete in Atlanta from Sept. 25-29 in a double elimination format, ending with a finals match for each region.
The two regional champions will then face off in a Europe vs. North America grand finals showdown Friday, Sept. 30, live on TBS.
In addition to the grand finals on TBS, every match up will be available to watch live on Twitch.
ELeague is owned by Turner Broadcasting, which also is an investor in Mashable.