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Overwatch World Cup returns in 2023

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The Overwatch World Cup is returning in 2023. Here are the schedule details and more.

Blizzard announced the return of the Overwatch World Cup after a three-year hiatus. Here are the details for the Overwatch World Cup 2023 schedule, stages, and more.

Overwatch World Cup 2023 schedule

In January 2023, Blizzard will detail the 36 countries and regions that will duke it out in the upcoming competition. At the same time, the competition committee will open up for applications. These committees will organize tryouts.
Overwatch World Cup 2023 schedule. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
Overwatch World Cup 2023 schedule. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
There will also be the new World Cup Trials open tournament format in 2023. This will kick off in February, allowing players to earn a spot in the tryouts. Competitors will still be able to register for regular tryouts in March, which will feature the competitive Overwatch 2 rank requirement of Diamond and above.
In June 2023, the World Cup Qualifiers will happen and result in 16 teams that will head to the group stage. Next, the fall season will feature these teams fighting for a spot in the top eight. These eight teams will then battle for the 2023 crown.
Ramattra is the newest hero to arrive in Overwatch 2. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
Ramattra is the newest hero to arrive in Overwatch 2. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
"Regular tryouts will have a Competitive Rank requirement of Diamond and above, so aspiring players should start climbing the ladder now!" Blizzard stated.

2023 Overwatch World Cup tournament stages

Here's an overview of the different tournament stages and what they will involve:
Stage
Events
1
Competitor Announcement, Committee Application
2
World Cup Trials, Committee Announcement, Team Tryouts, Team Selection, World Cup Qualifiers
3
Group Stage, World Cup 2023 Finals
More details about each stage of the 2023 competition will be revealed at a later time, according to Blizzard.
As players anticipate these details, they can log in to Overwatch 2 and start perfecting their gameplay. That's all for now. Tune in on Esports.gg for more news and updates.
Amy Chen
Amy Chen
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Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!