The eSports platform has enjoyed quite a handful of titles that were brought individual tournaments and leagues. MOBAs like Dota 2, League of Legends, and Heroes of the Storm are three of the most played games in the eSports industry, and make up a large chunk of all the events. First person shooter CS:GO came a while back and has taken over that genre. All these titles have rather expansive leagues and tournaments to their names with prize pools going up to millions of dollars and steadily increasing.
Overwatch is a Blizzard Entertainment first person shooter that is yet to release officially to the public. The game is a rather rare combination of FPS and MOBA like features that allow players to team up and work towards a common goal.
The hype that Overwatch created when the initial version of the game came out, lead to a handful of tournaments and events being held to honor it. King of the Watch is one of the very few tournaments that allow for competitive play in the shooter. A few more events took place recently, organized by small scale entities with little investment. However, Overwatch has been taking its time to mature to a level in the eSports platform to match that of Dota 2, CS:GO and other titles. A lot of organizations have been keeping a keen eye on the game so it might not be too long before it steps up.
As such, a first step was taken by Dolby, and American audio equipment producing company. The organization announced the launch of the first Major Overwatch LAN event at the California Esports Arena after the game’s release on the 24th of May, 2016.
The tournament is for the most part a public event where any team is allowed to participate. However, there will be a small list of invites that is yet to be announced and given out. The teams that will be selected during registration will be going head to head for $10,000.
This is a decent development for Overwatch to make its way onto the eSports platform in a big way. We bet there are going to be a lot more events and leagues that will be announced soon.