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Overwatch Winter Premiere Live Finals at PAX South

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The PAX arena is a section of each PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) dedicated to competitive gaming. This year at PAX South 2017, PAX Arena will host the Overwatch Winter Premiere Live Finals. The Finals will run during the first two days of PAX South (January 27-28).

The Overwatch Winter Premiere is an open North American tournament that’s been running since December. It’s hosted by Next Generation Esports (NGE).

“The Winter Premiere was designed to highlight the best talent of Overwatch in North America,” said Andy Vander Woude, co-founder and CEO at NGE. “It’s only fitting to bring these all-star teams to the PAX Arena stage, where their efforts and talent can be celebrated by an even wider audience.”

Currently there are six teams remaining in their third week of round robin play. The six teams are CompLexity Gaming, Immortals, Kungarna, Luminosity, Renegades, and Team Liquid.

From there, a Final Four will journey to compete in the Live Finals in the PAX Arena. The teams are competing for a cut of the $100,000 prize pool. First prize awards $40,000 to the winning team.

“PAX Arena draws some of the most exciting esports events in our industry,” said Justin Dellario, senior manager at Twitch. “A keystone Overwatch event like the Winter Premiere Live Finals really demonstrates why PAX Arena will be a can’t-miss destination at PAX South.”

Over 500 teams in North America competed in an open qualifier event in December. The live PAX Arena finals will represent the last stage of the event.

“We’re very excited to be hosting the Winter Premiere finals at PAX Arena,” said Lance Fensterman, global senior VP at ReedPOP. “Having this live event at PAX South will give gamers the ultimate live Overwatch experience, both in-person and watching at home.”

If you’re not attending PAX South, you can watch the event via the Next Generation Esports channel, or the PAX Arena channel. If you want to catch up on previous matches, NGE has all the archives on their YouTube channel.

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D&D Story Designer Chris Perkins To Provide PAX South Keynote

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PAX South 2017 has announced its full schedule of panels and tournaments today, along with its keynote speaker. Christopher Perkins, the primary story designer and writer for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast, will kick off PAX South 2017.

Over the last two decades Perkins went from pitching stories to Dungeon Magazine into his current role as Senior Producer and Story Manager for Dungeons & Dragons. His incredible knowledge of the Forgotten Realms and the D&D systems helped forge the great success that has been Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition.

He’s also something of a celebrity Dungeon Master, a concept growing increasingly popular thanks to live streaming D&D games. Perkins hosts Acquisitions Incorporated, the name of the D&D group for the Penny Arcade duo of Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, along with PvP‘s Scott Kurtz and best-selling fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss.

What began as a simple podcast to help test and show off the then-new D&D Fourth Edition soon grew into a series of live shows showcased at PAX events. Last year the team ran a video series called Acquisitions Incorporated: The Series.

Although this will be the third annual PAX South event, this marks the first time that Acquisitions Incorporated will be there hosting a live D&D show. The last few years they’ve done live shows at PAX East and PAX West.

“When we held the first PAX in 2004, a show about games seemed like a pretty good idea,” said Holkins. “Now it’s this whole big thing. It’s been a lot of fun watching PAX South grow every year, and I can’t wait to get back down there.”