Playoffs to Begin on August 24; Top Eight Teams from Each Region to Qualify for North American and European Finals in Atlanta.
LONDON and ATLANTA – August 22, 2016 – ELEAGUE and FACEIT today revealed the 32 teams that will compete in the North American and European Playoffs for the Overwatch® Open, an international tournament featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster team-based shooter. FACEIT, the leading independent competitive gaming platform and ELEAGUE, the professional eSports organization formed by Turner and WME | IMG, will launch the Overwatch Open playoffs round beginning August 24 with live streaming coverage available through the event’s official Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/overwatchopen.
Sixteen teams will compete in each regional playoff, with four teams entering by winning open qualifier rounds, and another 12 teams making the cut through points earned in the qualifiers. Teams will be seeded into groups and compete over a week-long, action-packed set of matches for a chance to qualify for the North American and European Finals, set to take place at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta.
Fans can tune in to the first battle on August 24 at 8:30 a.m. PST/6:30 p.m. BST, with a fierce match between Misfits and BBE kicking off the playoffs. Matches will conclude on August 28 at 10:30 p.m. PST/6:30 a.m. BST. A full list of all the qualifying teams for the playoffs is available below.
- Bikini Beach eSports
- The Gatekeepers
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Luminosity Gaming
- Team Dignitas
- I’m Your Huckleberry
- Sea Algae
- Team Liquid
- NRG eSports
For more information on the Overwatch Open, including information on teams and the tournament’s full schedule, visit www.overwatchopen.com.
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Founded in London in 2012, FACEIT is the leading independent competitive gaming platform for online multiplayer games, with more than 4 million users logging in a total of over 12 million online game sessions each month. FACEIT allows players to easily play in tournaments and leagues for virtual and real-world prizes through automated tournament management and matchmaking technology. For developers, FACEIT’s advanced software development kit (SDK) allows game creators to easily integrate user-friendly matchmaking and tournaments into their titles to allow gamers to take part in competitive online games at all skill levels. eSports organizers, players and communities use FACEIT to create and manage online competitions. For more information on FACEIT, please visit www.faceit.com.
About WME | IMG
WME | IMG is a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Named one of Fortune’s 25 Most Important Private Companies, WME | IMG specializes in talent representation and management; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media production, sales and distribution; and event management.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®, franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty #1-selling games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.
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