Earlier in August, Blizzard announced Overwatch World Cup, a tournament that would be held at BlizzCon 2016. From the get go, this tournament seemed to be something unique as instead of having usual professional teams such as Cloud9, Fnatic, Team Liquid representing countries, the teams were going to be made up of every day players and selected by voting.
Of course those players had to be really good at the game for the community to vote for them to represent specific countries in the Overwatch World Cup. No one is going to vote for any random player who is not in the limelight or who doesn’t bring their A-game to competitive matches.
That is why, over 3 million votes were cast and now Blizzard has finally tabulated those votes and declared the team rosters, after taking into account suggestions from team captains as well.
The World Cup will be divided into three different regions like the servers are; Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific and each Region has representatives of various countries within that country’s team.
The full team rosters can be seen here alongside the profiles of the players selected, the percentage of votes they received or whether they were chosen to be in the team by the captain or through voting.
Starting in September, many of these teams will take part in best-of-three, single-elimination online qualifiers. Then, at BlizzCon in November, sixteen teams will battle in round-robin group stages and single-elimination finals.
To ensure that all major regions of the world are well-represented at BlizzCon, the sixteen teams competing there will include six from the Europe game region, six from the Asia-Pacific game regions, and four from the Americas.
While there is no prize pool for winners of the Overwatch World Cup, just going up there on the stage as part of those sixteen teams might be honor enough for many. Those teams will also be getting a free trip to BlizzCon ‘16 so if a team makes it to those final 16, they don’t even have to worry about travel expenses and other such stuff.