Banana Plan and Blizzard announce $248,000 prize pool for APAC Premier Asia Pacific Tournament

by theScore Staff Aug 26 2016
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Banana Plan, a production company owned by Wang Sicong who is also the owner of Invictus Gaming, has announced an Overwatch tournament that will feature a 1,650,000RMB (~$248,000 USD) prize pool. The tournament will invite Chinese, Japanese, South Korean and North American teams to compete.

This tournament will mark the largest Overwatch event to take place in China. The APAC Premier Asia Pacific Tournament will start with a 32 Chinese team qualifier in Stage 1, before advancing to Stage 2 where 12 Chinese teams will compete for 6 final Chinese spots.

The final stage of the event will feature the six qualified Chinese teams against six total teams from North America, Japan, and South Korea. It was not revealed how the North American, Japanese, and South Korean competitors will be selected, but for many NA teams, it will be their first opportunity to compete in China. This final stage will contain a round robin group stage and a single elimination bracket to crown the winner.

The Asia Pacific Tournament will be held in Shanghai's Hong Qiao Performing Arts Center, the home of the League of Legends Pro League in 2016.

Dates for the event have yet to be announced.

Kelsey Moser is a staff writer for theScore esports. You can follow her on Twitter.