Overwatch has quickly lit up the competitive eSports community. Another tournament, called the Overwatch Open has just been announced and the battles will begin on July 23. The tournament is being hosted by ELeague and FaceIt. Eleague is part of the Turner broadcasting family.

“This opportunity to feature Blizzard’s popular Overwatch further expands our eSports offerings and aligns Eleague with a game that is widely embraced by the community,” said Craig Barry, EVP and Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “We look forward to bringing the same level of production and storytelling capabilities we’ve demonstrated throughout the first season of ELeague to this championship event.”

“Overwatch is an exciting new game with thrilling and expertly-balanced action that makes it perfect for competitive play,” said Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer, FaceIt. “We are confident that our capabilities as a platform and knowledge as a media partner will make this an exciting tournament for fans.”

The European and North American contests are the first to begin and will run for the next month. Then playoffs will begin on August 26. The grand final will be held live at the ELeague Arena in Atlanta. The total prize pool for the event is $300,000.

Nicole Tanner

Nicole Tanner

Nicole has been playing games her entire life. Now that she's a mom, she's passionate about promoting games as a healthy pastime to other parents around the globe. She has been an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast. In her spare time (which is not very much, honestly) she enjoys gaming, reading, and writing fiction. Most of the time she’s a mom to a crazy, intelligent, and exhausting little girl.