Overwatch League Announces Summer Showdown Tournament

The Overwatch League has today announced its Summer Showdown with a combined prize fund of $275,000 (£215,000).

London Spitfire team that will compete in the Asia tournament.

The new tournament is very similar to last month’s successful May Melee, which was well-received by fans, teams, and players.

It will begin June 13 and will run through the last three weeks of June with all 20 teams to play qualifier matches (three per team in North America and four in Asia).

In the North America section are Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, Paris Eternal, Philadelphia Fusion, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice.

In the Asia section are Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty.

Team records, map scores, and standard tiebreakers in those qualifier matches will determine team seeding in two regional tournaments in North America (July 3-5) and Asia (July 4-5).

The schedule for all qualifiers matches – which also count toward the regular season – is available online at overwatchleague.com/schedule.

Both tournaments have a combined $275,000 (£215,000) prize pool, with the winners taking away $50,000 (£39,000).

For more information on the structure of the tournaments, including rules and brackets for each, visit overwatchleague.com.

The 2020 playoffs, like the tournaments, will be played without a Hero Pool, more details on 2020 playoffs and Grand Finals will be announced later this summer.

In order to make it easier for teams to prepare for tournaments and the rest of the season, the Overwatch League is making some changes to the Hero Pools system.

A single Hero Pool will be determined before the start of June matches and will remain in effect for Weeks 19 and 20 of the qualifier matches, meaning D.Va, Echo, Sombra, and Brigitte will not be available for those weeks.

Week 21 will be the same as the tournaments, with no Hero Pool, the same format will be used for the final tournament.

The final two weeks of the regular-season schedule will also operate under a single Hero Pool.

Overwatch Contenders will utilize the same Hero Pool as the Overwatch League.