With the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs occurring next week, it looks like Overwatch League is ready to capitalize on its momentum. The already massively popular game is looking to smash into the eSports scene with its inaugural season.

Overwatch Contenders Playoffs

The Overwatch Contenders Playoffs occur from October 7th and 8th at the brand new Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. Teams from Europe and North America will be competing for a slot in the finals. There will be four games on Saturday, followed by two on Sunday.

The following matches will be held on Saturday, October 7:

  • Misfits vs. Cloud9 @ approx. 10 AM PST
  • Team Gigantti vs. 123 @ approx. 12 PM PST
  • EnVyUs vs. FNRGFE @ approx. 2 PM PST
  • FaZe Clan vs. EnVision @ approx. 4 PM PST

The semi-final matches will be held at 10 AM PST and 230 PM PST.

Overwatch League incoming

Over the past several months, teams from around the world have been putting together their rosters in order to gain a spot in the new Overwatch League. The games will be held at the new Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, which they have been working on building into a stunning eSports location.

With 12 teams already set to go, Overwatch League looks to continue to grow and build into a sport that fans can rally behind no matter where they are located in the world. Teams will represent cities from around the world, with some of them already being Boston, Houston, Seoul, and most recently Shanghai.

While some of these teams have filled rosters already, there will be a combine, much like that of the NFL, so players can show off their skills in hopes to become a future Overwatch star.

The combine is currently set for January of 2018.

Once the rosters are set, the teams will begin a season like many other sports, leading up to a playoff season and finals. With more teams being added as the years go on, this could be a phenomenon to follow in the coming year.

With more teams being added as the years go on, this could be a phenomenon to follow in the coming years.

With teams being added each year from around the world, it will be interesting to see exactly how it unfolds. Unlike most eSports today where a select few teams from around the world play for entire regions, Overwatch League looks to make eSports a more intimate affair.

This could very well be the future of eSports. What are your opinions? Do you think that Overwatch League will set the bar for future eSports, or do you think mixing traditional sports and eSports is doomed for failure?