Jess Colwill, November 25, 2016

Next Generation Esports Announces Overwatch Winter Premiere

Next Generation Esports announced this week that it will be holding its first Overwatch Winter Premiere tournament.

Since the announcement of Blizzard’s Overwatch League, it wasn’t clear whether the publisher would support third-party events. When Blizzard began to work with Tespa in the collegiate scene earlier this year, they shut down competing collegiate Overwatch events and many assumed the same would be true for other events.

The NGE Overwatch Winter Premiere is open to all North American teams who can register their interest at the tournament’s website. Signing up is free of charge and you can enter as an individual looking to join a team or as an existing team of up to eight players.

Qualifiers will begin on December 10th and last for four days. From there, the top eight teams will fight it out in a double round-robin format for the following three weeks. All of the online qualifiers and group stages will be available to live stream from NGE Studios in California via Twitch.

A live final event will take place in January 2017 between the top four teams. The prize pool of $100,000 will be divided between the top eight teams that make it into the group stages.

“NGE’s philosophy is to find the most ambitious esports partners and work with them to elevate their shows,” said Andy Vander Woude, CEO and co-founder of Next Generation Esports. “That’s why we’re thrilled to work with Blizzard to create an esports experience perfectly matched to Overwatch fans.”

This announcement comes hot on the heels of the changes being made to support hero Symmetra, so it will be interesting to see if this gets her more playtime.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.