Blizzard invites 'aspiring pros' to compete in Overwatch's Open Division

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Overwatch (opens in new tab)'s Open Division is where amateurs that dream of become pros go to compete. Thousands of teams take part, playing ten games across five weeks. The cream rises to the top, and the four best teams battle for a chance to play in Overwatch Contenders (opens in new tab), a pro "development league" for the glitzy Overwatch League (opens in new tab). If you fancy signing up for season three of the Open Division—and anyone can—then registrations are now live here (opens in new tab).

The season will kick off on August 18, and finish on September 15. If more than 600 teams sign up to any given regional league—and 144 have already done so in North America—then Blizzard will schedule some extra matches before the playoffs kick off on September 29. The top four teams at the end of it all face off against the bottom four teams in Overwatch Contenders, and any that win will be pushed into the next Contenders season. 

Yes, it's a long shot, and there's only $50 prize money on offer for the tournament. But making it into the Overwatch Contenders, a fully pro league, would be an absolute dream: just ask One.PoinT, who rose up from the Open Division last season, and are now playing in a tournament where the combined prize pool for all regions is $3.2 million. 

Even if you don't dream of going pro, it's a good chance to play some structured, competitive matches with a group of friends you get on well with.

Thanks, RPS (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.