Next stop for Australia's Overwatch team? BlizzCon!
24 Jul 2017 - 1:24 PM  UPDATED 24 Jul 2017 - 1:29 PM

After 3 days of tough competition, Australia have qualified for the Overwatch World Cup finals!

The recently-concluded Overwatch World Cup Sydney qualifiers competition was the 2nd of 4 Overwatch Group Stage tournaments, which brings the top 32 teams from across the world to compete in multiplayer matches in Blizzard’s first person shooter for a shot at the World Cup finals. The tournament over the past weekend saw Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Vietnam, Finland, Spain, Japan and Australia compete, with our local team heading to the grand final at BlizzCon, Blizzard's own fan convention, later this year.

In order to qualify, Australia went head-to-head against Japan in the final deciding match of the weekend, which proved to be one of the tightest and most exciting competitive matches in recent history. After splitting 4 high-quality rounds with Japan, Australia played a flawless final tie and managed to book their ticket to BlizzCon with a nailbiting 3-2 win, and joining Sweden as the 2 winning teams to emerge from the Sydney qualifying tournament.

The competition was broadcast on 7Mate and home to ScreenPLAY, its new gaming show starring former Good Game hosts, Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen and Nich ‘Nichboy’ Richardson’ - which begs the question, is eSports now mainstream?

SBS had previously broadcasted the CounterStrike: Global Offensive competition and the 2016 Australian International eSports World Championship Qualifiers Grand Final,  but this marks the first time commercial television has publicly recognised competitive gaming.

The next Group Stage events are scheduled to take place in Poland on August 4-6, and in America on August 11-13, both of which will determine the final 4 teams that will be competing the grand final at BlizzCon on November 3-4.

Overwatch is Blizzard’s hero-based first-person shooter, available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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