Announcing the 36 teams participating in the 2023 Overwatch World Cup.

In 2023, the fifth Overwatch World Cup competition will crown the first Overwatch World Cup champion since 2019. Reigning champions USA and three-time winners South Korea will look to build on their legacy with another gold medal, but the release of Overwatch 2 brings new contenders to the table! Will a new champion be crowned this year? It’s time to get to know your competing countries and regions.

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World Cup Trials and Online Qualification Competing Countries and Regions

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The program consists of three conferences, each with two separate groups from six countries and regions. These countries and regions were selected based on Overwatch 2 player population data. Registrations for the competition committee begin in February. In addition, each participating country and region will host World Cup competitions over three weekends in February (10-12 February, 17-19 February and 24-26 February). Match Committees are responsible for organizing additional team friendlies in March and assembling a squad of seven players in April.

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In addition to the 36 countries and regions selected, the Overwatch World Cup 2023 will feature a Wildcard Challenge, awarding four additional spots for teams. Details of the wildcard challenge will be announced in February.

In June, teams in their group will compete for one of 16 spots in the LAN finals, which will be held in the fall of 2023. Given the current momentum in China and the fact that a team from China has consistently performed very well, including two second place finishes in the last two Overwatch World Cups, a team from China will receive a direct invite to the group stage. There will be no World Cup trials in China and the team will not participate in the online qualifiers. The pilot process in China will be different from other countries/regions. We will share more information about this process with players in the China region.

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Here is an overview of the 36 teams and six groups for online qualification:

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Americas Conference (AMER):

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Amer A Amer B
Canada Argentina
Costa Rica Brazil
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Mexico Colombia
Puerto Rico Ecuador
United States Peru

Europe and Middle East Conference (EMEC):

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EMEC A EMEC B
Belgium Germany
France Norway
Great Britain Poland
Italy Saudi Arabia
The Netherlands Sweden
Spain Turkey

Asia Pacific Conference (APAC):

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APAC A APAC B
Chinese Taipei Australia
Hong Kong In the
Indonesia Malaysia
Japan New Zealand
Philippines Singapore
South Korea Thailand

With a team from China occupying one of the 16 places that advance in the groups, it is the division of the remaining 15 places that teams will fight for in the online qualifiers.

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competition commissions
Each team is represented by a League Committee consisting of the following three roles:

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  • General Manager: Responsible for team activities and communication with Blizzard.
  • Coach: Responsible for managing trials, player selection and all competitive aspects of the team
  • Social Lead: Responsible for the team’s social media, content and initiatives.

Do you think you have what it takes to lead your home country’s league committee? Here’s how you can participate:

Announcing the 36 teams participating in the 2023 Overwatch World Cup

STEP 1

  • Create a video describing who you are, why you want to join the race committee and what unique benefits you can offer.

STEP 2

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  • Fill out a web form (name, email, Discord, Battle.net, etc.)
  • A written explanation for Step 1 is accepted here instead of a video.

STEP 3

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  • If selected, Blizzard will contact you via email or Discord with the following steps.

Prospective councilors can now complete the online application. The closing date for entries is January 30, 2023. The selection process will run from February 1-10, with Blizzard selecting committee members for each country and region. To qualify as a commission candidate or prospective player for the Overwatch World Cup 2023, you must be over 18 on October 1, 2023.

stay tuned
Follow Overwatch and Path to Pro on Twitter for updates. We will announce the final competition committees and schedules through these channels. A new website is coming too! If you have any questions or comments, you can contact us at any time.

Heroes, the stage is set and the world is watching! Are you ready to support your home country and become the champion of the Overwatch World Cup 2023?

Frequently Asked Questions

Announcing the 36 teams participating in the 2023 Overwatch World Cup

  • Are there opportunities for countries/regions not listed above to participate in 2023?
    • Countries/regions not listed above will have the opportunity to compete for 4 remaining spots via a wildcard challenge that will be announced on February 1, 2023 on overwatchworldcup.com.
  • What is the purpose of the World Cup Trials?
    • Double elimination and randomly seeded groups. In March, the winner of each World Cup will be guaranteed a place in their country or region’s team.
  • Who can apply for a position on the breed committee?
    • Any person with an active Battle.net account in good standing is eligible to apply for a commission position in their country or region of residence.
  • When and where can I register for the World Cup trials?
    • Registrations for the trials will open on February 1, 2023 via the new Overwatch World Cup website overwatchworldcup.com, which will launch on the same day. Find your team and get ready to compete against the best in your country or region!
  • What are the rules of the tournament?
    • The World Cup tasting rules will be available in the registration portals for the respective tournament.
    • Game Rules for Online Qualification, Group Stage and LAN Finals will be sent directly to Finals Committees and players for approval.
    • On-site expectations, prize details, game format and other information will be communicated directly to these teams.
  • What documents do I need to participate as part of a representative team?
    • Entrants must provide a valid passport, and if your passport does not match the country or region you wish to represent, Blizzard must also provide government-issued ID for the country or region you wish to represent.
    • Entrants must use a Battle.net account in their name and reside in the country or region they wish to represent.
    • Eligibility to participate and represent depends on your country of residence and account status, so make sure your Blizzard account is up to date and in good working order.

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