Overwatch Contenders

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Overwatch Contenders (OWC) is a Major series of professional Overwatch tournaments held around the world (seven regions), organized by Blizzard Entertainment. Contenders acts as the development series below the Overwatch League for aspiring pro players.


Overview[edit]

History[edit]

Contenders began in 2017 with Contenders Season Zero and Contenders 2017 Season 1 in North America and Europe.

Beginning in 2018, Contenders expanded to seven regions. The seven current regions are:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia
  • China
  • Europe
  • Korea
  • Pacific

In addition to expanding to seven regions, the Trials system was introduced, and relegation between Contenders and Open Division was revealed. The top 4 teams from the previous Open Division season, and the bottom 4 teams from the previous Contenders season, would play in Trials to determine who would play in the next season of Contenders.

Beginning in 2018 Season 1 of Contenders, Overwatch League teams were given the opportunity to establish Academy teams to develop talent in Contenders. All Overwatch League teams except for the Los Angeles Valiant, Dallas Fuel and the Seoul Dynasty established Academy teams for the first season of 2018 Contenders, with the Dallas Fuel establishing their Academy team during the second season.

Relevant Overwatch Development League Series[edit]

Precursor leagues ran in 2016/2017, before Contenders was expanded to each respective region.

Region Location Abbr. League Name Contenders Region
China China Shanghai Overwatch Premier Series OWPS Overwatch Premier Series Contenders China
South Korea South Korea Seoul Overwatch APEX APEX OGN Overwatch APEX Contenders Korea
:Category:South East Asia Taiwan Taipei Overwatch Pacific Championship OPC Overwatch Pacific Championship Contenders Pacific

Academy Teams[edit]

  • Currently, 10 of the 12 Overwatch League teams have established Academy teams in various Contenders regions.
Region Academy OWL Team
North America Toronto Esports Boston Uprising
North America Team Envy Dallas Fuel
North America GG Esports Academy Houston Outlaws
North America Gladiators Legion Los Angeles Gladiators
North America Mayhem Academy Florida Mayhem
North America XL2 Academy New York Excelsior
North America Fusion University Philadelphia Fusion
North America NRG Esports San Francisco Shock
China Team CC Shanghai Dragons
Europe British Hurricane London Spitfire

Events[edit]

Overwatch Contenders[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Jul 2 - Sep 2, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
 
  TBA
  TBA
Jul 3 - Sep 2, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
 
  TBA
  TBA
Jul 2 - Sep 1, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
Australia Melbourne, Australia
  TBA
  TBA
Jul 1 - Aug 26, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
China China, China
  TBA
  TBA
Jul 5 - Aug 26, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
South America Online, South America
  TBA
  TBA
Jul 6 - Aug 24, 2018
$138,810
12 teams
Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan
  TBA
  TBA
Jul 4 - Aug 12, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
  TBA
  TBA
Mar 12 - May 19, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
Australia Sydney, Australia
  SDB
  MM GC
Mar 11 - May 13, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
Poland Alwernia, Poland
  TO
Mar 11 - May 13, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
Poland Alwernia, Poland
  BH
  GIG
Mar 16 - May 13, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
China Guangzhou, China
  LFZ
  LGD
Mar 19 - May 12, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
  X6
  O2 ArT
Mar 22 - May 5, 2018
$138,810
12 teams
Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan
  DTN.KR
  BLK
Mar 13 - Apr 29, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
South America Online, South America
  BGH
  Isurus
Aug 19 - Oct 8, 2017
$100,000
8 teams
USA Los Angeles, usa
  GIG
  MSF
Aug 19 - Oct 8, 2017
$100,000
8 teams
USA Los Angeles, usa
  NV
  FaZe
Jun 18 - Jul 2, 2017
$50,000
16 teams
Americas Online, Americas
  IMT
  TL
Jun 17 - Jul 1, 2017
$50,000
16 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  eU
  123

Overwatch Contenders Trials[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Jun 17 - 25, 2018
$15,008
8 teams
South Korea Online, Korea
  MVP.S
Jun 9 - 24, 2018
$15,008
8 teams
Americas Online, Americas
  LNL
Jun 9 - 24, 2018
$3,696
8 teams
Australia/New Zealand Online, Oceania
  TM
Jun 9 - 23, 2018
$3,696
8 teams
South America Online, South America
  BG
  ENC
Jun 12 - 19, 2018
$15,008
8 teams
China Online, China
  VG
  MSC
May 25 - 27, 2018
$11,000
8 teams
Southeast Asia Online, Southeast Asia
  WLG KR
Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2018
$15,008
8 teams
Americas Online, Americas
  LNL
  OoU
Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2018
$3,696
8 teams
Australia/New Zealand Online, Oceania
  NoC P.
Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2018
$15,008
8 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  OaH
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2018
$3,696
8 teams
South America Online, South America
  UPR
Feb 12 - 28, 2018
$15,008
8 teams
South Korea South Korea, South Korea
  Seven
  MVP.S
Feb 21 - 23, 2018
$11,000
8 teams
Southeast Asia Online, Southeast Asia
  DTN.KR
Jan 4 - 5, 2018
8 teams
China Online, China
  SKG
  MSC