Turner to host 'Overwatch' esports tournament

Tracer is one of the characters in video game 'Overwatch'. Tracer is one of the characters in video game 'Overwatch'. BLIZZARD

Blizzard's online shooter game Overwatch is getting national attention as Turner Broadcasting announces the Overwatch Open tournament.

The tournament will be hosted by Eleague, which is an eSports organization established by Turner and talent agency WME/IMG along with Faceit, a competitive gaming platform.

The tournament will consist of an online phase, which will be run by Faceit, for both European and North American teams.  There will also be regional and grand finals that will take place at Turner Studios’ Eleague arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  Players participating in the Overwatch Open will be competing for their share of a $300,000 prize pool.  Turner says this will be the largest Overwatch competition to-date.

The grand final of the tournament will be broadcast live on TBS.  Twitch will provide simultaneous online coverage.

Overwatch is an exciting new game with thrilling and expertly-balanced action that makes it perfect for competitive play,” says 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 online phase began on July 23.  The online rounds end with a playoff round, which will occur on Aug. 26-28.  The eight best teams from each regional playoff will then advance to the finals in Atlanta.

“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,” says Craig Barry, executive vice president 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 launched earlier this year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.  The game carries a "T for Teen" ESRB rating.

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