Blizzard is inviting some of the most well-known Overwatch players from more than 50 different countries to participate in the first Overwatch World Cup.
And it has hand-picked some of Britain’s best eSports players and streamers to take part and represent their country. Some of those include the following:
- Mark “Valkia” Purdy, streamer
- Seb “numlocked” Barton, captain of Creation eSports
- Mark “Phantasy” Pinney, Team EndPoint
- Kruise, REUNITED
- Kyb, REUNITED
- Marcus “Realzx” Vining
- Robin “WarSpiritUK” Aird
- Two members of Velox
- We’ve also heard Soodle from Team Xenex and Marcus Bell have been invited, but as of yet we have not seen confirmation of their invites
(if we’ve missed anyone, please help us update this article by letting us know in the comments section below this article or via ENUK’s Twitter).
Blizzard says it has nominated “a mix of representatives from each participating country” to potentially participate in the Overwatch World Cup, including “pro gamers, skilled community personalities from the area, and local players who’ve climbed the ranks in Season 1 of competitive play”: Players who have ‘distinguished themselves within the community’.
“Players are nominated based on a variety of criteria, including their skill, in-game performance, community standing in the country and more,” Blizzard said in a statement. “Our goal was to select a well-rounded group of players for the community to choose from to represent their country or region.”
Kruise told eSports News UK who he’d like to play with:
— Kruise (@KruiseOW) August 8, 2016
From this Thursday (August 11th), Overwatch players will be able to vote for who the want to see on their country’s team roster.
After voting is over and each country’s players have been selected, teams will face-off in the Overwatch World Cup best-of-three single-elimination online qualifiers, starting in September.
16 teams will progress to round-robin group stages, and single-elimination finals will take place at BlizzCon in November.
Here are the countries that will be taking part:
Here are some of the invited UK players we’ve spotted so far, so you can follow them and vote for who you like come August 11th. (if we’ve missed anyone, please let us know in the comments section below this article or via ENUK’s Twitter).
I’ve been nominated to represent Team UK in the Overwatch World Cup at Blizzcon 2016! Voting starts Aug 11th, will need all your help! 😀 😀
— War Spirit (@WaRSPiRiTUK) August 5, 2016
Looks like I got nominated for the Overwatch World Cup, FeelsGoodMan
— Dids (@M_Dids) August 5, 2016
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