Though this yr’s tournaments have been held in all places from Dallas to Toronto, the Overwatch League is returning to a extra acquainted venue for its fifth Grand Finals occasion.
The 2022 finals can be held on the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, the Overwatch League introduced at this time. Most longtime followers of the sport or the league will acknowledge this as the same old house of BlizzCon, which is commonly held throughout that weekend.
Due to COVID-19, BlizzCon has been held in numerous codecs for the previous few years. The occasion will doubtless be returning in 2023, however the Overwatch League will take up residence throughout the usual BlizzCon weekend this yr.
This would be the first in-person Overwatch League Grand Finals in three years. In 2020 and 2021, the occasion was held online, with West Region groups touring to Hawaii for decrease ping to compete with their East Region counterparts. The San Francisco Shock took house their second franchise championship in 2020 and the Shanghai Dragons earned a well-deserved trophy in 2021.
According to the Overwatch League website, every area may have localized online play-ins earlier than the remaining groups journey to Anaheim to take part in a double-elimination playoffs bracket, which begins on Oct. 31.
The 2022 league champions will take house a $1 million grand prize and the long-lasting glowing trophy. With a complete prize pool of $2.55 million, groups can be doing their finest to deliver house the bacon from California.
They’ll even be coping with both a boon or a complication, relying on how every group sees the addition of a brand new help hero. Sean Miller, head of the Overwatch League, confirmed on Twitter over the weekend that Overwatch 2‘s latest hero, Kiriko, can be out there in the course of the playoffs.
Ticket data for the Grand Finals isn’t listed on the website at time of writing, however a e-newsletter despatched by the Overwatch League says ticket pre-sales start on Sept. 23.