Overwatch League and Twitch Sign Landmark Multi-Year Media Rights Deal

Overwatch League and Twitch have signed a multi-year media rights deal to broadcast their eSports livestreams in English, French, and Korean languages. The Overwatch League is slated to start tomorrow January 10th at 4pm PST.

Below you can read the media rights deal press release. The Overwatch League schedule can be found here.

Every match from season one and two of the Overwatch League will be broadcast live on Twitch. Upcoming innovative new viewership reward system announced for fans who watch and engage with the Overwatch League on Twitch

IRVINE, Calif. — Today the Overwatch League™ and social video service Twitch announced a historic esports media-rights partnership, ensuring that every match of the world’s first major global city-based esports league will be readily available to fans across the globe. The first match of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season goes live on Twitch this Wednesday, January 10 , on Twitch.tv/overwatchleague.

Fans of professional Overwatch have been eagerly anticipating a seamless Overwatch League viewing experience. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league’s first two seasons, makes that a reality. With the exception of China , Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party digital provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches, with streams in English, Korean, and French.

The Overwatch League and Twitch also are developing innovative rewards for fans, which will bestow the league’s most steadfast viewers with Overwatch League in-game items. More details about content and additional rewards for the biggest fans, including some content that will be exclusive for a period of time, as well as Cheering with Overwatch League Cheermotes, will be announced as they become available.

“Our fans love to engage with content on Twitch, and we wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond,” said Armin Zerza , COO of Blizzard Entertainment . “That’s why this historic and ground-breaking partnership is perfectly suited for Activision Blizzard , for Twitch, and—most importantly—for our growing global fanbase.”

“The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams,” said Kevin Lin , COO of Twitch. “Given Overwatch’s consistent reign as a top-viewed game by our community, we look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride.”

The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California , custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at OverwatchLeague.com, and all matches can be viewed live at Twitch.tv/overwatchleague (English-language channel), Twitch.tv/overwatchleague_kr (Korean-language channel), and Twitch.tv/overwatchleague_fr (French-language channel).

Overwatch PTR 1.19.1

The latest Overwatch PTR 1.19.1.0 (build 42530) was released today in the evening. It mostly deals with Junkrat and Mercy changes.

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or FM Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

HERO UPDATES

JUNKRAT

  • Concussion Mine: Will now deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center.

Developer Comment: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has now become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.

 

MERCY

Valkyrie:

  • No longer makes Resurrect instant.
  • No longer grants a bonus charge of Resurrect.
  • The speed boost that Guardian Angel receives has been decreased by 50%.
  • Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds.

Developer Comment: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.

We will likely be iterating on these changes in the coming weeks.

 

Will there be an Olympic Winter Games 2018 event in Overwatch?

Back in 2016, Blizzard Entertainment celebrated the 2016 Olympic Summer Games with a popular map for Overwatch named Lucioball. Surprisingly, in 2017 Lucioball made a return with a tweaked ruleset to celebrate the anniversary.

 

I say surprisingly because there was no actual Summer games celebrated in 2017. You see, the Summer Games is celebrated every 4 years. The next official Olympic Summer Games will take place on 2020 at Tokyo.

However, there is also an Olympic Winter Games — and that one runs also every 4 years, but on a different schedule. The Winter version doesn’t run the same year as the Summer one simultaneously.

For example, the last Winter games was held at Sochi (Russia) in 2014. This year, the Olympic Winter Games will take place at Pyeongchang (South Korea) through February 9-25.

Overwatch originally launched on May 24, 2016 — so there was obviously no Winter 2014 event. But there was a Summer 2016 event in Overwatch. So the question is… Will there be a 2018 Olympic Winter Games event in Overwatch?

Let’s add another couple of questions to that: Will it be celebrated each year, like Lucioball? What type of map might Blizzard make themed around Olympic Winter Games?

Well, that is pretty difficult to accomplish in Overwatch. See, the Olympic Winter Games is very limited in scope of games played (limited to those playable on snow or ice), and there are no heroes in Overwatch that sorta mimic those gameplay mechanics. Check out Wikipedia for the various types of games which include:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Briathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed Skating

Technically, Lucio can skate. On walls, but you never know what type of map Blizzard might come up with where several players can skate toward a goal. Or some kind of capture the flag where skating is the main mechanic.

Unrelated to “Winter Games”* — This topic also makes me wonder if we might see Heroes in the future that use sports or gymnastic-inspired gameplay mechanics that could later be used in the Overwatch Summer Games — like a hero on a skateboard. Skateboarding is part of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games (Tokyo).

Or maybe, another Hero that is a mix between Hanzo/Genji climbing, Winton’s leaping, and Doomfist’s acrobatics moving all over the place with a shorter cooldown.

One thing that could work out is giving Mei a modifier key (i.e. using the CTRL button) where Mei could shoot a slippery path instead of building a wall. Say you press the CTRL button while clicking the button you usually use to build a wall. You place the cursor at the destination desired (like Reaper’s teleportation). If the destination is high ground — the path creates a sort of ramp or bridge of ice. Any enemy standing on the path, could slip and fall, but Mei can slide across the path like Iceman.

Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if this ability is not already in development. Mei actually has a Highlight Intro option where you can see her robotic companion creating a path of ice for her to slide on. Interestingly enough, it is also named: Skating Around.

 

*Edited to highlight some sports that are not part of Winter Games for clarification. Thanks @RetPallyJil

Overwatch Hanzo Casual Skin on PTR

The latest Overwatch PTR patch 1.19.1 (build 0.42391) introduced the Hanzo “Casual” skin for 3000 gold. This skin features the casual clothing Hanzo wore during the Overwatch comics: “Reflections.”

GENERAL

  • Weapon accuracy is no longer increased or decreased when shooting at Genji’s Deflect or abilities that block projectiles (e.g. Winston’s Barrier Projector or Mei’s Ice Wall)
  • The Casual Hanzo skin has been updated to more accurately reflect his appearance in the Reflections comic

 

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused weapon accuracy statistics to incorrectly calculate and display as a negative percentage in-game (e.g. players’ career profiles, the match status screen, and the end of match summary)

 

Maps

  • Fixed an issue with spawn room doors preventing players from leaving or entering the spawn area on Control maps

 

Kaplan Confirms talks for a Overwatch Feature Film or Episodic Series

During an interview with GameReactor held at Fun & Serious in Bilbao, Spain, game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that the Overwatch team and the Story and Franchise Development team have discussed other media opportunities to expand the Overwatch universe, and that discussion includes the potential for an Overwatch featured film or an episodic series.

Blizzard World Map Solo Exploration

The new Overwatch map Blizzard World is now on the PTR. Though it looks huge, you don’t have access to the entire amusement park. It is comparable with Hollywood and Junkertown.

The attack team starts at the Hearthstone Tavern, and when the gate opens you are in front of the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind. There are two possible access points to go inside. The frontal gate can be accessed from either of both stairways, or from the side stairway by the Ancient Curios building. Regardless of which of these three stairs you go through, there is only one big door (chokepoint).

 

BlizzCon 2017 Overwatch: What’s Next Panel Transcript

Announcer: Welcome to the Overwatch: What’s Next panel.

Michael: Hello. How is everybody doing? Alright, Did everyone check out the Opening ceremony? All of the new stuff we are going to be talking about today. Obviously, we have a new hero: Moira. Yeah. We have got a new map: Blizzard World. That will be fun to talk about. Maybe a couple surprises. So we have got lots of talk about. So let’s start off. Get right into it. I am Michael Chu. I am the lead writer on Overwatch.

 

PAX East 2018 Tickets on Sale

The PAX public relations team reached out to inform that PAX East tickets are now on sale. Unlike previous years, this is the first PAX East to last 4-days. The Penny Arcade’s Boston Show Returns through April 5-8.

For the naysayers who won’t bother because Blizzard Entertainment might not go, I will show you real quick why there are more chances fo Blizzard coming than not.

Last year, I personally attended with a media badge to participate in the Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer press event.

It is unknown if the Diablo team has something new to show at PAX East, but in past years, the Hearthstone and Overwatch team have been at PAX East (Boston) — those links take you to my 2015 PAX East coverage articles.

In 2014, Blizzard announced Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4), Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas, Heroes of the Storm (Brightwing, Lili Stormstout, Zagara and Murky), and we had an interview with the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor developers Kris Zierhut & Steve Burke — check out our PAX East 2014 page.

I’ll do my best to attend the 2018 PAX East convention for any new projects Blizzard Entertainment might announce or showcase. Make sure to support me by becoming a Patreon member. Remember I am disabled, and do what I do for fun and for the community. Your support is appreciated. Get your PAX East tickets before they are sold out.

BOSTON – Nov. 9, 2017 – Tickets for PAX East 2018, taking place April 5-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), are now on sale. This marks the first year PAX East will grow from three to four days.

Single day badges are available for purchase via the official PAX East registration page for $53 USD. Exclusive PAX East 2018 merchandise, including a blanket ($40), socks ($25), and a dice set ($40) are on sale exclusively through the online store. These items can be added onto PAX East badge orders and will be shipped out prior to the expo.

PAX East has become the premier east coast event for gamers since its debut in 2010. The annual expo quickly sells out, drawing tens of thousands for a celebration of gaming culture with reveals from the biggest publishers, hands-on demos with the most hotly anticipated titles, panels with industry icons, eSports tournaments with world-class players, concerts with game inspired music and much more.

“While my biggest joy is helping bring millions of gamers together at PAX, my biggest disappointment is not being able to share the experience with more people,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “With PAX East’s expansion to four days, we expect even more people will be able to join us for our best show yet at PAX East 2018.”

Active journalists and content creators interested in attending PAX East so they can produce coverage will be able to apply in January when media registration opens.

The PAX series of shows (West, East, South, Unplugged and Australia), produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world’s largest gaming festivals, with each event entertaining tens of thousands of guests. PAX events connect leading video game and tabletop developers directly to passionate audiences, providing a space where gaming culture is celebrated through demos, panels, tournaments, concerts and free-play sessions.

For additional information, please follow PAX via Twitter and Facebook.

The Xbox One X Pre-Orders are now open!

After the GamesCom 2017 Microsoft panel, the Xbox One X pre-orders became available for $499. The console will ship on November 7, 2017.

  • Games play better on Xbox One X. Experience 40% more power than any other console
  • 6 teraflops of graphical processing power and a 4K UHD Blu-ray™/DVD player provides more immersive gaming and entertainment
  • Play with the greatest community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network
  • Works with all your Xbox One games and accessories
  • Great for 1080p screens—games run smoothly, look great, and load quickly
  • 12GB GDRR5 Memory
  • 8-Core Custom AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz
  • 1 TB HDD Storage
  • 386 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • Premium Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Audio
  • Works with all your games and accessories (Xbox 360 and up backward compatibility)
  • Play 100+ console exclusives, and 300+ Xbox 360 games
  • Stream and record 4K video clips at 60FPS
  • HDR functionality

 

Overwatch Patch 1.15.0.2 (40048)

Small patch went out early between Friday-Saturday (depending your time zone) that addressed several bug fixes introduced in the Junkertown patch.

General: The Credit that Mercy’s Resurrect contributes toward her on-fire meter has been adjusted to account for the recent changes in its functionality.

Arcade: Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries have been removed from the Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch map rotation, but can still be selected in Custom Games.

User Interface: Made several adjustments to the spectator camera to improvve the viewing experience.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the audio from Junkertown’s front gate to play when previewing and opening Loot Boxes.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the stagger and knockdown VO from cancelling active voice lines.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed an incorrect voice line to play when firing D.va’s Micro Missiles.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the spectator camera to lose track of heroes and player-controlled objects (e.g. Junkrat’s RiP-Tire).

 

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji and Mercy’s Ultimate voice lines from functioning properly when the Oni or Winged Victory skins were equipped.

 

Maps

  • Fixed an issue that caused sound effects to continuously repeat when using a beam weapon (e.g. Zarya’s Particle Cannon) to destroy the motorcycle in the attacker’s spawn room on Junkertown.
  • Fixed an issue that activated audio cues that are typically associated with enemy hits when shooting the motorcycle on Junkertown.

 

Overwatch 1.15.0.2 (39935) Patch Notes: Junkertown

Blizzard Entertainment deployed Overwatch Patch 1.15.0.2 introducing the new map: Junkertown, now in live servers. Additionally, several bug fixes and Hero updates.

Overwatch 1.15.0.2 Patch Notes

New Escort Map: Junkertown

Junkertown is located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches... and to survive.

General
  • [XB1] Players whose Xbox Live reputation has been downgraded to "Avoid Me" will remain in the same matchmaking pool as other Overwatch players. Howevers, they will no longer be able to use the in-game voice communication


Mystery Heroes
  • Players will no longer see the Assemble Your Team screen at the beginning of a game
  • Players who purposefully kill themselves will no longer respawn as a new hero. However, their Ultimate ability will reset and anything that’s been placed (i.e. Torbjörn’s turret) will despawn
  • Players will no longer be respawned as the same hero
  • These changes also apply to any custom games where the “Respawn as Random Hero” option has been enabled.


User Interface Updates
  • The skull icons that indicate where teammates were killed throughout the map have been replaced with hero portrait icons
  • Third person camera view will now frame the action automatically when spectating or waiting to respawn

HERO UPDATES



D.Va
  • Micro Missiles (New Ability)
    • D.Va fires a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion. These can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons
  • Defense Matrix
      • Defense Matrix's resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly
      • Energy regeneration per second has been increased to 12.5% (formerly 10%)
  • Boosters
      • Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying


    Developer Comments: D.Va’s Defense Matrix uptime has proven to be too strong, but simply reducing it without making other changes would make her too weak (and far less interesting to play). Instead, we’re adding a new ability and giving her the ability to fire while flying. These changes give D.Va new options while maintaining Defense Matrix’s ability to shut down big enemy attacks.

    Mercy
    • Resurrect (Formerly Mercy's Ultimate ability)
      • Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius
      • Radius reduced to 5 meters
      • Ability cooldown is 30 seconds
      • Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active

    • Valkyrie (New Ultimate Ability)
      • Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds
        • Caduceus Staff: Mercy's healing and damage boosts beams now affect all allies near the targeted teammate, and the staff's effective range has been extended
        • Caduceus Blaster: Now has infinite ammo and increased projectile speed
        • Guardian Angel: Increased range and movement speed
        • Resurrect: Cooldown is instantly reset when Valkyrie is activated and reduced to 10s after the initial cast
        • Hover: Mercy gains the ability to fly freely, at increased movement speed
        • Regeneration (Passive): No longer interrupted when Mercy takes damage


    Developer Comments: While resurrecting downed allies is a core part of Mercy’s gameplay, the way her Ultimate functioned was causing a number of problems. It was frustrating to play against, and it incentivized Mercy players to hide away from important battles, instead of taking part in them. This version turns Resurrect into a single target ability. It’s still an important part of Mercy’s kit, but plays much better for both Mercy players and her enemies. Valkyrie, her new Ultimate, gives her the opportunity for big game-making plays and opens a number of new options for her.

    Reinhardt
    • Barrier Field
      • Holding primary fire while your shield is active now allows you to rotate the camera

    Developer Comments: This change gives Reinhardt more situational awareness while using his shield, allowing him to keep an eye on the battlefield while still protecting his team.
    • A new “Movement Relative to Camera During Barrier Free Look” option can be found under Settings > Controls. Simply select “Reinhardt” from the dropdown menu. This allows players to change the way Reinhardt moves when Barrier Shield is active and players are controlling the third-person camera movement

    General


    • Fixed a bug that caused Custom Reticles to appear transparent and ignore opacity settings when their thickness was set to 1
    • Fixed a bug that caused Control matches to be played in a best-of-five format when creating a custom game using the Competitive preset
    • Fixed a bug that prevented players from requesting a highlight while viewing a killcam after being killed
    • Fixed a bug that prevented voice lines from playing after players received five votes on a commendation card at the end of a match
    • Fixed an issue that prevented players from automatically joining Match Chat, even when the option was enabled
    • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Perfect Round indicator after an Elimination game if they received a temporary health boost from an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Sound Barrier)
    • Fixed a bug that caused the “Aim Ease In” setting to affect controller input too aggressively when the thumbstick was deflected diagonally


    Deathmatch
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the entire Team Deathmatch description from being displayed in the info section
    • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the incorrect announcer VO to play in highlights captured during Deathmatch games
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to destroy his own Steel Traps with Concussion Mines


    Heroes
    • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the heroes’ “sigh” voice line to play when respawning
    • Fixed a bug that interrupted the animation on Ana’s eye during the Beach Ball emote with her Captain Amari skin equipped
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist from being knocked back when his Rocket Punch ability was being used
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to hit players through the taxi on King’s Row
    • Fixed a bug that caused a pair of pink fuzzy dice to mysteriously float onto the screen when viewing D.Va’s weapon in the Hero Gallery if her Cruiser skin was equipped
    • Fixed an issue that caused the golden tint of Junkrat’s weapon to appear dull when his Firework skin was equipped
    • Fixed a bug that gave Junkrat’s RIP-Tire a speed boost when players wall jumped on ledges
    • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused Mei’s Ice Wall to launch players into the air
    • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Ultimate to appear friendly (it failed to change from blue to red) after being reflected by Genji
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s Chain Hook icon from being displayed in the kill feed when it caused an environmental kill
    • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Photon Barrier to indicate a 10-second cooldown when the red “cannot use” icon was active
    • Using D.Va's melee attack no longer cancels Micro Missile barrage
    • D.Va's Micro Missiles are now interrupted by stuns, knockbacks, and other crowd-control effects
    • Mercy’s Resurrect is no longer blocked by Steel Trap or Graviton Surge
    • Mercy is no longer able to use Valkyrie to escape Graviton Surge and Steel Traps


    Maps
    • Fixed a bug on Ecopoint: Antarctica that could cause a crate to block your view of heroes during the winning team lineup
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations on Castillo
    • Fixed a bug that allowed some heroes to reach unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
    • Fixed a bug that prevented reflections from appearing on weapons while standing in certain areas on Ilios
    • Fixed a bug that caused jump pads to bounce players higher than intended on Oasis
    • Fixed a lighting issue that caused some items on the last point of Route 66 to take on a pinkish hue when players used low video settings
    • Fixed an issue that caused reflections to appear overly dark while players were standing in areas of the Cave Inn on Route 66
    • Fixed an issue that caused excessive camera zoom and flashing lights when players loaded into the tutorial map
    • Fixed a bug that prevented plated railings from being properly destroyed by weapons fire on Volskaya Industries
    • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar


    User Interface
    • Removed the “Healing Prevented” statistic from Ana’s career profile page
    • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch UI to occasionally remain visible when respawning
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from accurately targeting moving objects, causing Doomfist to land in unintended locations

     

    Blizzard Arena Venue opens on October 7 in Los Angeles

    Blizzard Entertainment has acquired a permanent cutting-edge entertainment venue to hold future live competition including the Overwatch League, the Hearthstone Championship Tour, and other eSport events.

    Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship

    IRVINE, Calif.—September 7, 2017—World-class esports have a new home in the entertainment capital of the world. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a cutting-edge live-event destination for pro players, esports fans, and everyone else who loves premier competition. Situated in the legendary Burbank Studios, once home to groundbreaking television shows, the studio at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles has been custom-tailored to support an exciting live-event experience for local attendees and broadcast audiences around the world. When the Arena opens for business on October 7, top competitors from across Blizzard esports will be the newest stars to shine on one of the most celebrated stages in television history.

    “We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”

    With multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles was built to support a full slate of competitive events year-round. In addition, the Burbank, California arena will house a Blizzard retail store that rotates stock for event attendees based on the competitions taking place at the time.

    Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will open its doors to the public for the first time on the weekend of October 7–8 with the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs taking center stage. The culmination of a summer of formidable European and North American competition, the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs will crown the top Contenders teams in each region.

    Beginning October 13, the Hearthstone® Championship Tour’s Summer Championship will bring top-notch Hearthstone pros to the Arena for a full weekend of competition, with $250,000 on the line. The global tournament will conclude the third act of the HCT and set the table for the Hearthstone World Championship, taking place in early 2018.

    The early battles of both the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship (HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft® Arena Championship will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in late October, with top Heroes of the Storm and WoW® Arena players looking to fight their way onto the championship stages at BlizzCon®, Blizzard’s annual community celebration in Anaheim, California, taking place November 3–4.

    Then, later this year, some of the top Overwatch® players in the world will take their first steps toward stardom at the Arena when the Overwatch League opens a new era in professional esports. With the players leading the way, the city-based franchises of the Overwatch League have their sights set on establishing a new standard for esports excellence.

    Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship.