Your weekly dose of esports happenings curated by Champria
Overwatch League 2022 dates and format confirmed!
With a hilarious video featuring hosts Soe Gschwind and Matt “Mr. X” Morello, Overwatch League head Sean Miller, and guests “Mitchska Yeslie”, “Kott Scennedy”, and LannyDim024, the Overwatch League have announced their starting date, set for May 5th, as well as the format that the League will have for its 5th season. With NYXL moving back to the Western Region, the regions will look like so:
- East: Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, Philadelphia Fusion, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons
- West: Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, New York Excelsior, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, Washington Justice
On top of that, each team is scheduled to play at least 24 matches during the regular season, including six seeding matches, earning League Points throughout both the regular season and the qualifiers with the goal to enter the postseason. The full schedule is set to come soon, as well as more news about the potential for live events they have planned!
A look into the OWL format
With the new season set to start in only a few months, it is worth taking a look at the format that teams will be playing with. The year will begin with the Kickoff Clash, then the Midseason Madness, next the Summer Showdown and ending at the Countdown Cup. The first and third tournaments of the season will be regional competitions, with more teams from each Region participating, featuring eight from the West Region and four from the East Region. The Midseason Madness will be a Global Tournament pitching teams from both Regions against each other throughout the tournament in a double-elimination format across six days. The final tournament of the season, the Countdown Cup, will serve as the play-ins for the postseason. On top of that, the midseason and postseason tournaments will have a huge prize pool of over USD 1 million. Check the schedule for the starting weekend on May 5th below!
Netflix are planning to make a BioShock movie
"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us,” posted the Netflix-related Twitter account @NetflixGeeked in a shocking announcement: Netflix, 2k and Take-Two are partnering to produce a film adaptation of the beloved video game franchise BioShock. After having registered the trademark for the entire game franchise, including BioShock, BioShock 2, BioShock Infinite and BioShock Rapture, fans expected the announcement to be hitting any time, but it is still great to have confirmation. We cannot wait to see what comes of this partnership, and have our fingers crossed that this new video game movie will not disappoint (like so many others have in the past…).
The Rainbow Six Invitational 2022 is ongoing!
Having moved to Stockholm Sweden due to COVID restrictions, the Rainbow Six official tournament Six Invitational 2022’s group stage kicked off last February 8th, and the Play-offs began on the 14th. The Grand Final is set to take place on February 20th, and you will not want to miss it! Thus far, Team Liquid, TSM FTX, Team Empire and Soniqs have reached the Playoff’s Upper Bracket semi finals, while play in the lower bracket has not yet begun. Keep an eye out for your favorite team, as they still have a chance to make it all the way so long as they haven’t been eliminated!
Registration for the NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic is open!
If you are interested in coaching, then you cannot miss the NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic for both High School and College Coaches. With a packed activity plan, the Clinic will be held on March 4th and 5th, with over 30 sessions, featuring keynotes and roundtable learning opportunities. There will also be specialized sessions for all levels, with specific sessions for beginners and advanced esports athletes and staff, as well as sponsor presentations. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet other college and high school esports coaches and directors from throughout the country! NAECAD Members get a special discount.
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