Yes, there is an Overwatch World Cup every year, called Overwatch League. Blizzard Entertainment, which is the game's developing company, is behind this annual competition. This international event attracts teams from around the globe. This competition was inaugurated in 2016.
Since its inception, South Korea has had the most titles, with three as of 2021. In 2016, this eSports event featured 16 participants, 32 in 2017, 24 in 2018, and 10 in 2019. This international event has been hosted in the United States, Australia, China, Poland, Thailand, and South Korea.
Over the years, Overwatch has partnered with some renowned broadcasting platforms to enhance its global reach. One popular channel is the Twitch platform that has many live stream channels. Overwatch has also partnered with Disney to ensure it grows its fan base globally. The Languages used in the live stream broadcasts are English, Korean, Russian, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, and Thai to meet the needs of different fans.
The tournament has had different formats over the years. In the recent edition, a preliminary stage was used to determine the teams that qualified for the group stages. The top five ranked teams have direct qualifications to the group stages.
What is an eSports World Cup?
An eSport World Cup is a professional competition involving electronics sports. Being a global tournament, the sport attracts top-ranked teams globally, consequently having a huge fan base. Many World Cup tournaments are held for different eSports.
Some of these international tournaments have several sporting activities confined to a single edition. For example, the Electronic eSports World Convention (ESWC) hosts games such as Call of Duty and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Others, such as the Overwatch World Cup feature a single eSports event
Top ranked countries in the OW eSports field
Countries known to be actively involved in Overwatch eSports include the United States, Germany, Russia, South Korea, and China. As expected, rankings are given by analyzing the number of competitive players a country has. As of 2020, eSports statistics showed that the US had over 4,300 active pro teams. Germany followed with 973, South Korea with 890, and Brazil with 852.
In the Overwatch World Cup, South Korea tops the list with three titles, while the USA has one and are currently the world champions