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IEM Announces World’s First Overwatch Invitational Stadium Event

Intel Extreme Masters has announced the inclusion of an Overwatch Invitational for its upcoming esports event in Gyeonggi, South Korea.

Six professional Overwatch teams will be extended an exclusive invitation to take part and try their chances at bagging a share of the $100,000 prize pot.

That being said, the Overwatch Invitational event is somewhat a South Korean affair as only two of the six slots will be granted to European teams. Depending on which teams accept their respective invitations, IEM will announce the names of the participants in the coming week.

IEM Gyeonggi holds great value for the competitive South Korean competitive scene. It’s featuring the first-ever Overwatch Invitational to take place in a giant storied stadium. Incidentally, IEM Gyeonggi also sees the organizer return to the country to register its presence for the first time in the past seven years.

“Overwatch is a fantastic source of esports competition and its popularity is exploding, which is why we’re thrilled to add the title to Intel Extreme Masters Gyeonggi,” said George Woo, esports marketing manager at Intel. “We look forward to showcasing Intel’s technology and innovative gaming products at the event as we continue to push the boundaries of interactive entertainment for our fans.”

Besides Overwatch, IEM Gyeonggi is headlining invitationals for League of Legends and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Eight teams are expected to take part in Riot Games’ popular free-to-play game, while 16 real-time strategists will be pitted against each other in Blizzard’s sci-fi sequel.

IEM Gyeonggi is scheduled to take place on December 16-18 at the Goyang Sports Complex stadium in South Korea.

Overwatch recently received critical acclaim at The Game Awards 2016. It bagged awards in multiple categories: Game of the Year, Best Esports Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, and Best Multiplayer. It was also nominated in various other categories as well.