ESL FACEIT Group signs new deal with Blizzard Entertainment

ESL FACEIT Group signs new deal with Blizzard Entertainment

February 1, 2024

Video game maker Blizzard Entertainment has signed a new multi-year partnership agreement with esports and video game entertainment company ESL FACEIT Group (EFG). This will result in the launch of the Overwatch Championship Series (OWCS), featuring Overwatch 2.

The OWCS circuit will be open to players in North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. 

EFG will serve as the Premier Operator to the OWCS, with Blizzard using its full suite of properties to create an open, inclusive, and sustainable competitive community.

While ESL FACEIT Group will run the OWCS in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, Asia’s OWCS will be run by WDG, a leading esports tournament organiser based in South Korea.

The OWCS is set to have two tentpole events in 2024 at DreamHack.

Jared Neuss, Executive Producer of Overwatch 2, said:

A thriving esports scene is important to a game as competitive as Overwatch 2, and we’re very excited to be entering this next era for the franchise with EFG.

OWCS introduces a new era of Overwatch esports while honouring the traditions and passion built by Overwatch esports Together with Blizzard Entertainment, EFG is well-positioned to create a truly global experience on the FACEIT platform and at DreamHack festivals.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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