Turner will be expanding its reach in competitive gaming to the Overwatch front by bringing ELEAGUE together with FACEIT to present the first-ever Overwatch Open, the partners announced on Friday.

Featuring the biggest-ever prize pool that the competitive scene has been offered in its short run, and what will most likely be the largest pot the scene will see for quite a while, the Overwatch Open is offering up a grand total of $300,000 in prize money for competitors with $100,000 of that going to first place.

“Overwatch is an exciting new game with thrilling and expertly-balanced action that makes it perfect for competitive play,” said Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer of FACEIT, “We are confident that our capabilities as a platform and knowledge as a media partner will make this an exciting tournament for fans.”

Online qualifiers begin Saturday, July 23rd, for both North American and European teams, and will be hosted on FACEIT. The qualifiers will advance through the playoffs, which will take place from August 26th to the 28th. The top eight teams from the regional playoffs will advance to the finals, which will be played out in the ELEAGUE arena at Turner Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The Regional Finals will be broadcasted to Twitch, with the North American finals taking place on September 25th to the 26th and the European finals being held September 28th to the 29th.

The Grand Finals will take place on September 30th, and will include the winning teams from each Regional Final. Unlike ELEAGUE, only the Grand Finals will be broadcasted live on TBS as well as Twitch.

Karen Brodkin, President of Business Affairs at WME | IMG, wrote that ELEAGUE serves as, “The perfect stage for the evolution of the eSports industry and we are thrilled to expand our platform with Blizzard’s Overwatch,” and that they are excited to work off of ELEAGUE’s momentum to keep the ball rolling for their upcoming Overwatch event.

Teams that wish to register for the Overwatch Open may do so by registering through the FACEIT website. Tickets have yet to go on sale for those who may be interested in attending the Regional and Grand Finals, but it’s likely that more information will be released soon, once ELEAGUE comes to an end.

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