The Overwatch World Cup is taking place today at Blizzcon 2017 as shown by the schedule released on the event’s official website.

Much like other professional sports, the Overwatch World Cup features a number of teams from around the world duking it out to see which country can field the best competitive Overwatch team. Blizzard went as far as to cook up a custom menu screen for the game itself (as shown in the header image of this article.) Surprising very few people, South Korea claimed the title for the 2016 World Cup and are again defending their title this year as the last match of the day. Here’s how the tournament is going to be structured:

Overwatch World Cup 2017 Tournament Tree

You can take a look at an interactive tournament tree on the event’s website which also shows the team’s members and the time when you can tune in to watch their matches. Here’s the schedule for the matches:

  • United Kingdom vs. Sweden: 3:15 PM Eastern Time
  • Canada vs. Australia: 4:45 PM Eastern Time
  • China vs. France: 6:15 PM Eastern Time
  • South Korea vs. USA: 7:45 PM Eastern Time

After today’s results, the Top 4 will battle it out in semi-finals before the Championship match. The losers of the Top 4 round will have the opportunity to face each other for third place.

The Overwatch World Cup isn’t Blizzard Entertainment’s only foray into running a professional competition for their first-person shooter; the company is also sponsoring the Overwatch League, a massive effort to assemble professional teams representing cities around the world in a fashion similar to other professional sports. In any case, if you’ve got a hankering for watching some great matches you can swing on over to the event’s official website.

What do you think of the Overwatch World Cup? Do you think there will be more interesting gameplay in the World Cup or do you think the Overwatch League will make for a better show? Which team do you think will come out as the winner? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!