Dreamhack winter to feature Overwatch with a $50,000 prizepool



DreamHack is pleased to announce the Overwatch® Championship at DreamHack Winter 2016. With eight teams competing live onsite, the Overwatch Championship will be featured as one of the main tournaments at the event. DreamHack Winter is held from November 24th-27th, and the tournament will take place onstage in Hall D on November 25th and 26th.

In traditional DreamHack fashion, the Overwatch Championship will be open to all who wish to participate; teams will have the opportunity to qualify for and win paid trips to the event through online qualifiers in Europe and North Americas, as well as to secure their slot onsite through a huge BYOC qualifier. The online qualification stage for Europe will take place on October 9th-10th, followed shortly thereafter by the North American online qualification stage on October 11th-12th. The BYOC qualification stage available to all LAN visitors to DreamHack Winter 2016 will take place on November 24th. Two slots will be awarded through each online regional qualifier, while the remaining four will be filled via the BYOC LAN qualifier for a total of eight teams to compete live in the main event.

The main event will be livestreamed in English by DreamHack, available for everyone to watch online athttp://www.twitch.tv/dreamhackoverwatch. Be sure to save the dates, November 25th and 26th, and catch all the action online or attend live in beautiful Jönköping, Sweden.


Competition Format

Tournament Name: Overwatch Championship at DreamHack Winter 2016
Prize Pool: $50,000
Prize Pool Distribution:
1st – $30,000
2nd – $10,000
3rd/4th – $5,000: 8 (2 from EU online qualifiers, 2 from NA online qualifiers, 4 from BYOC qualifiers)

Qualification Method: Online and BYOC
Tournament Format: Group stage, into single-elimination playoffs
Group Format: Dual-tournament format groups
Match Format: All matches are best-of-three in the group stage and best-of-five in the playoffs
Full Ruleset: See full ruleset here


You can even qualify for the tournament. There will be two separate qualifiers, one for the EU region and One for the NA region.

European online qualifiers will be played on October 9th-10th, followed by North American online qualifiers on October 11th-12th. Sign up for your region’s online qualification stage today using the links below! The two teams advancing out of the online qualifiers from each region will receive travel and accommodation, fully covered by DreamHack, to attend DreamHack Winter 2016 and compete in the Overwatch Championship.

European Qualifier, October 9th-10th – SIGN UP HERE!
North American Qualifier, October 11th-12th – SIGN UP HERE!

The BYOC qualifier will be hosted live onsite at DreamHack Winter 2016, with the top four teams advancing to the main event. Full details for the BYOC qualifier will be announced soon, but attendees can expect the tournament to get underway on the morning of November 24th.

All qualifiers will be played double-elimination BO3, with the qualifying round BO5. The BYOC qualifier may be changed to single-elimination based on the number of participating teams.


Link to Announcement