Hi everyone! Today we’re thrilled to share details about several international live events planned for Overwatch Contenders in 2019. Hold onto your seats—there are three brand-new live Contenders events on the horizon.

Showdowns are Coming

We have divided the eight Contenders regions into two divisions, consisting of four regions each, to inform invites to our new Showdown live events. We are pleased to announce the Pacific Showdown is heading to Shanghai, China, and the Atlantic Showdown is heading to Krefeld, Germany!

Four regions will send their top teams to the Atlantic Showdown, while the other four regions will send their top teams to the Pacific Showdown. These events will be live during the Overwatch League mid-year break to maximize viewership and player recognition from Overwatch League scouts.

Pacific Showdown

From May 24–26, 2019, top teams from Australia, China, Korea, and the Pacific will face off in an intense double-elimination bracket live in Shanghai.

Friday, May 24: Upper bracket round 1 and round 2

Saturday, May 25: Lower bracket round 1, round 2, and upper bracket round 3

Sunday, May 26: Lower bracket finals, Grand Finals

Broadcast Times: Matches each day will start at 1:00 p.m. Chinese Standard Time (CST) and run until all scheduled matches are completed.

Teams Invited:

  • Top 1 Australia Season 1
  • Top 2 China Season 1
  • Top 2 Korea Season 1
  • Top 1 Pacific Season 1

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*Note: Tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Atlantic Showdown

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* NA Seeding is an example. Actual seeding will depend on 2019 Season 1 playoff results.

Top teams from Europe, North America, and South America will meet in a double-elimination showdown between May 31–June 2 in Krefeld.

Friday, May 31: Upper bracket round 1 and round 2

Saturday, June 1: Lower bracket round 1, round 2, and upper bracket round 3

Sunday, June 2: Lower bracket finals, Grand Finals

Broadcast Times: Matches on Friday and Saturday will start at 4:00 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Matches on Sunday will start at 5:30 p.m. CEST.

Teams Invited:

  • Top 2 Europe Season 1
  • Top 3 North America Season 1
    • Second place from NA West will play second place from NA East in a first-to-4 match to determine the third NA team attending. This match will be broadcasted in the days following the NA Season 1 Finals.
    • The winner of this match will earn their region’s 1st place team a BYE into upper round 2. For example, if North America West wins, the 1st place NA W team will receive the BYE.
  • Top 1 South America Season 1

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Format Specifics

  • First-place teams from China, Europe, South Korea, and North America will receive byes into round 2 of their respective upper brackets.
  • All matches are first-to-3, except the Grand Finals, which will be a first-to-4.

Gauntlet Implications

  • There are 10 total invites to the Gauntlet (12 original Showdown invites, minus Showdown results).
  • Teams that come in 5th and 6th place in the Showdowns will lose one of their invites for their region. For example, if North America finishes in 5th place, North America will bring only two teams to the Gauntlet from 2019 Season 2, down from three.
  • Teams that come in 1st place in the Showdowns will earn an additional invite for their region. For example, if China wins the Pacific Showdown, China will bring their top three teams to the Gauntlet from 2019 Season 2, up from two.

Speaking of The Gauntlet...

The pinnacle of the Contenders season will be the Gauntlet, which will be held from October 9–13 in a location to be announced soon.

Dates: October 9–13, 2019

Location: TBD

Tournament format: Groups to Double Elimination

The Gauntlet’s tournament format will emphasize interregional competition for maximum excitement. We’ve scheduled it after the conclusion of the 2019 Overwatch League season, when teams will once again prepare to sign players for the following season.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming very soon. In the meantime, follow Overwatch Contenders on Twitch and Twitter!