ESL announces first six-figure Overwatch tournament

ESL has announced that the first Overwatch tournament with a six-figure prize pool will take place over August 20-21 at this year's Gamescom.   

The Overwatch Atlantic Showdown at ESL Gamescom will pit eight teams, four from the US and four from Europe, against each other for a share of a $100,000 prize pool. Open qualifiers hosted on ESL Play will begin on June 27, and continue for four days per week throughout July. The open qualifiers will be followed by regional qualifiers, and then a final online qualifier. Tournament group stages will take place on the Saturday of Gamescom, while the finals will go down on Sunday.   

Further information about the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown at ESL Gamescom will be announced as the event grows closer. For now, you can find out more about what's going on at, and about the Gamescom event itself at


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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.