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Eleague Overwatch Open Tournament Starts Tomorrow, Finals Will Air on TBS

Overwatch is getting a $300000 tournament, with finals broadcasting on TBS ELeague puts up $300000 prize pool for 'Overwatch' tournament, will air on TBS
Garry Little | 24 July, 2016, 01:45

IMG will be handling worldwide distribution on behalf of ELEAGUE and FACEIT. The Grand Final will be presented live on TBS, and will also be available via Twitch. With TBS's reach of more than 90 million homes, the broadcasting has all chances to be a commercial hit and an important moment in the history of esports.

You'll be able to watch the qualifier matches live on the tournament's official Twitch page which will run until the playoffs. The top eight teams from each of these regional playoffs will move on to the finals.

The online phase that starts tomorrow will see European and North American teams battle for a place in the Regional and Grand Finals - these take place at Turner Studios' ELEAGUE arena in Atlanta. The winning team of the Overwatch Open Grand Finals will receive $100,000, with the runners-up taking home US$32,000. Head to the Overwatch Open site to sign up and see the terms. Currently ELeague is running a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament on TBS while ESPN2 recently aired the Street Fighter V Evolution Grand Finals. However, both titles have a long history and a consistent player base.

This is the largest Overwatch tournament to date, and will likely serve as something of a proving ground for Overwatch as a premier esport, at least in the early days of the game. At the same time, the game went straight to the hearts of players and registered flamboyant success. Keep in mind that the biggest rivals in the field, League of Legends and Dota 2, are the leaders in online viewership popularity. While Blizzard has two months to release a full spectator mode, it's going to take a massive undertaking for ELEAGUE and FACEIT to deliver a spectator experience that will be good enough for the layman to understand.

With a $300,000 prize pool, Twitch viewers are more likely to be invested in the action.

The tournament is being held in partnership between TBS's own Eleague organization and FaceIt, an eSports community platform. Maybe that'll change in the future, but for now here's a brand new open tournament for all you Overwatch fans.

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