The Overwatch World Cup, an international exhibition that will see teams representing individual countries from the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region compete, will take place at BlizzCon.
Blizzard made the announcement on their blog Thursday. Four teams from the Americas, six from Europe and six from the APAC region will ultimately make the trip to BlizzCon. Community voting, set to begin Aug. 11, will determine which nominated players will play for their country when qualifiers start in September. While there is no prize pool, the top 16 teams will receive a free trip to the event as well as an appearance bonus.
The announcement further explains that, due to "a variety of factors, including server locations, regional infrastructure and connectivity, and other geographical considerations," some countries will advance automatically to BlizzCon. Those teams are Canada, the United States, Brazil, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
A FAQ included in the announcement explained that the idea to feature national teams came from the international spirit of Overwatch itself.
"In keeping with Overwatch’s global theme, we wanted to create a fun and spirited worldwide competition that gives players an opportunity to compete and cheer for a local team — and what better place to do so than on the BlizzCon stage?"
BlizzCon is scheduled to take place at the Anaheim Convention Centre from Nov. 4-5.
Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.