The brackets for the 2018 edition of the Overwatch World Cup have been set up in time for the coming event at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2-3. The event will be a part of the 2018 edition of Blizzcon, the prominent convention devoted to Blizzard’s various games and developments.
The eight teams that will compete were the national teams that finished in the top two in the Incheon, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Paris competitions. There were 24 teams in the qualifiers with each team representing a country from different parts of the world.
The first match in the bracket will be between France and Canada. France won all five of its matches with a 19-2 game record in the qualifier. Canada had a 17-3 game record and lost only one match to the United States.
China will take on Finland in the next match. Although China won all of its matches, the team had a 16-7 game record. Finland had a 16-4 record, although the team lost to South Korea in one match.
The third match listed on the bracket is between the United States and the United Kingdom. The United States went 18-2 in its five-match victory in the qualifier, while the United Kingdom was 15-5 and lost once to France.
The last match will be between South Korea and Australia. South Korea tied with France for a 19-2 game record while winning all its matches. Australia had a 14-7 game record and lost to both China and Denmark. Australia entered the World Cup as the side had two more game wins than Denmark and three more than Sweden.
Will Korea Repeat?
South Korea is expected to be a major favorite heading into the event. The team won the first two editions of the Overwatch World Cup. Still, much of the squad has changed, although one person still remains in some role. Organization member Hwang “Yongbongtang” Kyu-hyung returns to the side as the team’s general manager, thus marking the second year Hwang has competed with the team.
How Much Money?
The eight teams competing in the 2018 Overwatch World Cup have already earned $16,000 each. This is an increase over the $9,000 that the teams earned at the start of the last competition.
Additional $90,000 will be given out during each group stage, although it is unknown as of now over how that money will be doled out.
Where Can You Watch?
The 2018 Overwatch World Cup can be streamed on Twitch and through Major League Gaming throughout the world. Online streams will be available in various languages, including English, Korean, Chinese, French, and Thai. The event will also be available in China through panda.tv. The event is expected to build upon its already large streaming audience. In 2017, the main peak for streamers was around 840,000 viewers, although that number goes down to 320,000 when Chinese viewers are not considered.
People in the United States can watch a live broadcast of the event on the Disney family of networks. ABC, ESPN, and Disney XD all air Overwatch competition events as part of Blizzard’s television deal with Disney.