Blizzard has announced that they launched the stage three of the Overwatch World Cup. The votes have been counted, and Blizzard has announced the national committees in all the countries that are participating.
The final number of teams that will participate in this tournament will be 32. Those 32 teams will be divided into eight groups, and each group will feature four teams. According to Blizzard, the competition in the group stage of the Overwatch World Cup will be held during the regional tournaments that will be organized in four different cities around the world. Those cities are:
- Burbank in California
- Shanghai in China
- Katowice in Poland
- Sydney in Australia
Blizzard has also announced that each regional tournament will feature competition in two groups of the Overwatch World Cup.
Country Breakdown by Groups
Group A of this competition will feature China, Hong Kong, Romania, and Norway while Group B will feature France, Denmark, Argentina, and Thailand. These two groups will be playing their matches at the regional tournament in Shanghai, China.
Group C of the Overwatch World Cup will feature Sweden, Australia, Portugal, and Italy while Group D features Finland, Vietnam, Japan, and Spain. National teams from these two groups will be playing their matches in Sydney, Australia.
The regional tournament that will be held in Katowice, Poland will feature teams from Group E: South Korea, Poland, Austria, and the Netherlands as well as teams from Group F: Canada, Turkey, Russia, and Singapore.
The final city in which the regional tournament will be played is Burbank, California and it will be the host to teams from Group G: United States, Brazil, New Zealand, and Chinese Taipei as well as to teams from Group H: United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, and Germany.
Exact Schedule Still to Be Announced
Blizzard Entertainment has not announced any dates or the scheduling for the matches in any of the groups. Teams in the final four groups will be playing in a round-robin style, and the two best teams from each group that finish in the top two places in the group will advance to the playoffs. The playoffs will feature a single-elimination style of play. Two best teams from the playoffs in all four regions will then advance to the Main Event of the Overwatch World Cup that will feature eight best teams from the group stage and the regional playoffs.
Besides announcing the groups for the Overwatch World Cup, Blizzard has also announced one part of the national committees whose job will be to select the best players for their national team. Details on the venues for the regional tournaments and the playoffs have not been revealed yet.
The same situation is with the information about the dates of the competition as well as with the ticket information. Blizzard has announced that they will be releasing all the information very soon. At this point, however, we are left in the dark concerning the vital data for the Overwatch World Cup, and we can only hope the company won’t keep us guessing for long.