2019 Overwatch Contenders Info Revealed
Improvements are coming to the 2019 Overwatch Contenders. There will now be two seasons in Contenders 2019, and each will be longer. To maximize the level of play globally, each Contenders region will be moving from 12 competing teams to eight.* Additionally, North America Contenders will be split into two eight-team regions, bringing the total number of Overwatch Contenders regions to eight.
Depending on the amount of invitations accepted from Overwatch League Academy teams, many top-performing teams from 2018 Contenders Season 3 will be automatically qualified for 2019 Season 1. This will vary per region, but all existing teams will have the opportunity to re-qualify through Contenders Trials if not automatically invited back.
Soft region locking is also being introduced to Overwatch Contenders to help spur local talent development. Each team can have no more than three non-resident players on their roster.
Finally, the prizing structure will be revamped to more heavily reward each region’s top teams. More information on the prize pool will be revealed before Season 1 in 2019 kicks off in late February.
Stay up to date on the latest Overwatch Path to Pro news by visiting the official website or by following @OWPathToPro. For more information on the 2019 season of Overwatch Contenders, visit OverwatchContenders.com.
*This change has yet to be confirmed for Contenders China. Details will be released at a later date.