2021 Overwatch League: Unveiling of the 2021 Structure and $4.25m Prize Pool

2021 Overwatch League

Overwatch Overview: Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter that involves a team of players created by Blizzard Entertainment. There are two teams of six and each player selects a character known as a hero that has its own specific abilities.

They have different types of gameplay for casual or competitive players. In the competitive Overwatch Leagues modes usually have to do with securing a specific area on the map or escorting a payload across the map as one team defends and the other attacks.

Overwatch Season 4

The fourth season of the Overwatch League is expected to begin on April 16 and will have four tournament cycles throughout the year and each tournament is concluded by a seasonal tournament.

The seasonal tournaments are called May Melee, June Joust, Summer Showdown, and Countdown Cup. This season teams will be split into two groups (East&West) based on their location for the season. The East division has eight teams competing in China and South Korea.

Those teams are Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty.

The West Region

In the West region, players will be competing from Europe and North America. Those teams are the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Vancouver Titans, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice.

Teams will play four matches per cycle for qualification and seeding for all tournaments. The top six teams from the west and the top 4 teams from the east will play a round of knockout-style games.

The two surviving teams out of each region will move on to the tournament weekend and one team will be crowned champions. Teams from the west will go to Hawaii to play against the teams from the east with a direct routed connection from Hawaii to Asia. This new direct connection will prevent any latency in the game.

New Overwatch Scoring System

The 2021 Overwatch League is also switching to a new scoring system that awards points for qualifiers and tournament wins. In each tournament cycle, wins during the three weeks of qualifiers will count towards qualifying for a seasonal tournament.

A qualifier win is only worth 1 League Point compared to first place in tournament placement which is 3 League Points.

There is more than just earning league points to be excited about in each tournament. There is a bunch of prize money as well. First place in the tournament will receive $100,000.

The runner-up will receive $70,000 and the third-place team will claim $20,000. The last team standing and winners of the tournament will take home a large $1.5 million.

OWL Fan Experience

The fan experience was also on the mind of Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector as he plans to team up with youtube to “level up” the quality of match streams. There will be a new virtual set and a redesigned graphics package for viewers.

OWL is also working on a new video series that will give fans more insight into their favorite players and teams. It will also feature pro Overwatch Tips, and present the best analysis gathered from league experts.

Overwatch fans mark the date in your calendars for the return of Overwatch because this season is going to be one to remember.


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My name is Asa Agnoli. Miami has always been my home. I’m a senior University of Miami and I live and breathe all things sports. I played sports throughout my whole life. This semester I’ll be a writing intern with Knup solutions learning how to write creative content for the esports and I-gaming industries. In the Spring I graduate from the University of Miami with a degree in Sports Administration, minoring in Sports Medicine.