As some parts of the world take one step closer to normality, overwatch The league has announced its return to live events starting in September.
2021 overwatch The league postseason will take place from September 4–25 via online regional play-in matches, leading to a double-elimination playoff from September 16–19 and the Grand Final on September 25.
Both the play-offs and grand finals will return to offline competition with live spectators. The play-offs will be held at Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, while the Grand Finals will be held at the Gallen Center in Los Angeles. Tickets for both events will go on sale in August.
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The eight play-off teams will include the top three teams from the Western Division – Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfires, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and the Washington Justice – and the top two teams in the Eastern Division – the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons and Seoul Dynasty.
The remaining three slots will be through online single-elimination regional play-ins from September 4-5.
From the play-offs, two teams will emerge to compete in the Grand Final, where the 2021 champion will take home the US$1.5 million (£1.1million) prize and the championship trophy, while the runner-up will receive US$700,000 (£514,467). )
This will be Blizzard’s first full return to live event since its first cancellation overwatch League matches in China in January 2020 when news of the coronavirus first started spreading.
The developer soon canceled BlizzCon 2020 and, like other organizations, adapted to a digital online event like BlizzConline earlier this year.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the US Justice Department had launched an investigation into the Overwatch League, after its antitrust division claimed that the league’s soft salary cap violated the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act.