A new Overwatch Contenders season is kicking off this weekend, and even more eyes will be on it than usual as a number of Overwatch League teams are fielding their own academy squads.
Some of the best esports teams from around the world will be competing in their own Path to Pro stories as they try and win the expanded tournament.
There are more regions involved, more teams, more players, and more seasons. There’s a lot of prize money on the line, and of course, the chance to be noticed by the top professional Overwatch League teams.
Overwatch Contenders kicks off this weekend, as teams compete to be noticed by OWL teams
Overwatch Contenders teams and schedule
There are 12 teams competing in each region: Australia, China, Europe, Korea, North America, South America, and the Pacific region.
Overwatch League Contenders teams
- Boston Uprising -> Toronto Esports
- Florida Mayhem -> Mayhem Academy
- Houston Outlaws -> Optic Academy
- London Spitfire -> British Hurricane
- Los Angeles Gladiators -> Gladiators Legion
- New York Excelsior -> XL2 Academy
- Philadelphia Fusion -> Fusion University
- San Francisco Shock -> NRG Esports
- Shanghai Dragons -> Team CC
The action begins on Sunday, March 11 at 8am PT (4pm GMT) with Team Gigantti against Orgless and Hungry in Contenders Europe.
Contenders America follows at 4pm PT (12am GMT), with Last Night’s Leftovers taking on Grizzlys.
When it’s all up and running, there will be Overwatch Contenders games on every day of the week.
The most notable teams are the Overwatch League academy teams. Nine of the 12 OWL teams will be participating in Contenders.
Most will be competing in Contenders North America, but British Hurricane will be in Europe, and Team CC will be in China.
Overwatch Contenders live streams
There will be live streams of all the Overwatch Contenders games, but only Europe, North America, Australia, and Korea will have English streams on the Overwatch Contenders Twitch channel. Contenders Korea will also be broadcast in Korean.
The ultimate goal for a lot of Contenders players will be to compete in the Overwatch League
Overwatch Contenders casters
Contenders Australia: Ben ‘Sandman’ Green, Jordan ‘Elfishguy’ Mays
Contenders China: Tsungyu ‘Xiaogui’ Huang, Dong ‘Muzi’ Li, Junwei ‘Danny’ He, Yuanyi ‘Roy’ Liu, Chen ‘Laochen’ Murong, Yandahan ‘Alan’ Gai, Mengyuan ‘Peach’ Wang, Yutao ‘Time’ Bian
Contenders Europe: Sam ‘Tech Girl’ Wright, Derry ‘Dezachu’ Holt, Thomas ‘Tridd’ Underwood, Jack ‘Jaws’ Wright, Harry ‘Legday’ Pollitt
Contenders North America: Gina Theresa Williamson, Andrew ‘ZP’ Rush, James ‘Jamerson’ Lee
Broadcast talent on other streams is still to be announced.
Overwatch Contenders prize money
Winning the playoffs in North America, Europe, Korea, and China will grab a team $30,000, and the top eight positions will all get a smaller slice of the pie too.
Plus, simply winning a game will get that team $587, while a loss will get $330.
In Pacific, winning the playoff will get $22,500, with regular season wins getting $440, and losses getting $248.
For South America and Australia, winning the playoffs gets just $7,500, and regular season wins get $147, with losses getting $83.
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