Overwatch World Cup 2023: Schedule, Teams, & group stage

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The Overwatch World Cup is back for 2023, and here’s all you need to know on the schedule, teams, and how to watch it.

It has been three long years since we have seen the last Overwatch World Cup in 2019, and it is finally back. A lot has changed between 2019 and now, with former champions and competitors retired, a huge meta shift with the release of Overwatch 2, and new faces ready to take the trophy. 

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The tournament is traditionally held at BlizzCon, a gaming convention held by Blizzard, in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. 2023’s World Cup was not confirmed to be held at Blizzcon, but we expect it to follow tradition.

Here are all the details you need to know about the Overwatch World Cup this time around, including the schedule, group stages, and where to watch online.


South Korea at Overwatch World Cup 2017Blizzard
South Korea at the 2017 Overwatch World Cup event.

Overwatch World Cup 2023: Where to watch 

In previous years, the World Cup has been streamed on the Overwatch League’s Twitch channel, but ever since Activision Blizzard’s deal with YouYube Gaming in 2020, the games will most likely be streaming on the Overwatch League’s YouYube channel. 

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As always, there’s a good chance we see various co-streams along the way too, so fans can likely tune into their favorite OW personalities.

We will embed the broadcast here for your convenience when action gets underway.

Overwatch World Cup 2023: Schedule & Format

Before the main playoff event, there will be two programs to determine who gets to play on LAN. There will be the World Cup Trials, to determine what team will represent their country. And then the online qualifier, where countries will go head to head in their groups to determine who will make it to the Lan Finals.

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In February, the applications for each selected country’s competition committee will begin. The committee consists of three roles. The General Manager, who is responsible for team operations and communication with Blizzard, the Coach, who is responsible for the tryouts, player selection, and competitive aspects of the team, and the Social Lead, who is responsible for the team’s social media and content relating to it. 

The LA Gladiators in a team huddleRobert Paul/Blizzard
The LA Gladiators in a team huddle.

Right after the applications, Trials will commence in each country over three weekends. The dates are: February 10 – 12, February 17-19, and February 24-26.

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Once the committee has been appointed, they will be responsible for organizing any additional tryouts in March, and finalizing a team of seven players in April.

In June all 36 selected countries will play in an online qualifier group stage to earn one of 15 spots in the Lan Finals. 

No dates have been given as to when the World Cup itself will start, but it has traditionally started around late October to early November. We’ll update you here once exact dates are announced.

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Overwatch World Cup 2023: Online Qualifier

Before going into the playoffs, there will be online qualifiers for three different regions. 5 spots each for the Americas Conference (AMER), Europe and Middle East Conference (EMEC), and the Asia-Pacific Conference (APAC). 

Each country was chosen based on the game’s player population data. But countries not represented will have a chance to qualify through the Wild Card Challenge.

Each conference will be segmented into two different groups, A and B. The A group will have 3 qualifying spots and the B group will have 2 qualifying spots. 

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Costa RicaBrazil
Puerto RicoEcuador
United StatesPeru
Great BritainPoland
ItalySaudi Arabia
Chinese TaipeiAustralia
Hong KongIndia
JapanNew Zealand
South KoreaThailand

Overwatch World Cup 2023: LAN Group Stage 

There will be a total of 20 teams participating in the LAN Group Stage. 15 from the Online Qualifier, 4 from the Wild Card Challenge, and one spot for a Chinese team.

Due to the shutdown of Overwatch’s servers in China, and that the country has historically performed well at the World Cups, they have been given a spot in the Group Stage. The 4 spots from the Wild Card Challenge are for countries that are not represented in the Online Qualifier. 

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The group stage has not been drawn of yet, but we’ll update you here once that stage comes into focus.

Overwatch World Cup 2023: Teams & Players

The Overwatch World Cup trials have wrapped up, and all the countries have locked in their rosters for the upcoming Online Qualifiers.

The Trials has seen some interesting pickups for some rosters. Team USA has decided to bring Matthew “super” DeLisi out of retirement, as he is now the only original member of the last OWWC winning roster.

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And Team South Korea has decided to sign what is essentially 2022’s OWL Champions in the Dallas Fuel. And unfortunately for xQc fans, he won’t be making an appearance for Team Canada.

So here are all of the teams sorted by region:

Americas Conference Teams

ArgentinaGaspih, Walterdw, ORACLE, Compasión, Hurd, Kroos, OkunoXyan
BrazilLudwig, Svenko, TheSeriusGui, Dalca, neil, Nyohl, xfelHonorato
CanadaSeeker, Noxious, Astronexz, False, MagicM8Ball, Crimzo, calDanny, SNR, Tikatee
Chiledebout, RAAM, Apple, Frack, PAPO, lazu, PoplotsMaxLikanss
Colombiadr0mr, Eqo, Pierino, SuperGomez, HappyAlonso, Mixvi, Hug, Dulla, neverdead, Tv1Circci, Pinguino, ohwowcool
Costa RicaJodelo, Winter, SpookySpanish, Wedtube, Benji, Carmac, Barudansanur
EcuadorNob1to, Jorel, Roll, Emiliox44, Cairngorm, Tamanuu, PabiloonYofo_o
GuatemalaRichie, Arenas, Noctus Paint, Vendettyron, Marleo, Diego, VinziKenneth Abdiel
MexicoChobilux, Angelvolado, hysteria, Castled, Sopa, Paolette, Momo, Fervant, Sam, Budgetnomy
Peru Andrando, D13g0, Persona, Baskerville, Suzu, Rodrigo5d, PokeR3dder
Puerto RicoLoopy, Anderp, Talisman, PAPAJOE, Zulex, LightWolf, CroihGizgam, Brick, Lueyyy, flashmob
United StatesHydron, Speedily, Sugarfree, Coluge, super, Ojee, UltraViolet, Aspire, s9mm, RupalGator

Asia-Pacific Conference Teams

AustraliaQIN, naahmie, Nanda, cuFFa, Punk, Atlas, AckyyyUnter
Hong KongDespair, Kurumi, XIAOLIAN, R3K, AmCrazy, ManGoJai, IRPMarioMainHK
IndiaPummy, Matrix, Ironman, DT89, Akash, Abbs, CaptainPrashNatter
IndonesiaProxiezs, speed75, SJS, Zeckrom, Geecy, Ch3nlee, ShrimpZiggy
JapanNico, Qki, Mihawk, KSG, , Plankton, mint, QloudP A I N, Clank, Taiga
Malaysiaj003, gameprodude, QiXMico, Fantasy, GeminiX, Numinoz, WANNABEEblueice
New Zealandpar, Colourhex, Jkap, ODP, fin, Seqtar, AugustJoker
PhilippinesRedux, Wucked, Pugbutt, Roeqey, Grandeesauto, CHONLEE, MaRKiEEEEEEERebirth
SingaporeAzalea, Bubblekitty, sgy, Lumi, Overshake, Akame, XexoJohnGalt
South KoreaLIP, Sp9rk1e, Hanbin, Fearless, Fielder, ChiYo, FiNNRUSH, Aid
ThailandHyVision, Ace, Clementine, Rodtunglnw, mush2oom, PaLee, oPuToTeetawat, mush2oom

Europe and Middle East Conference Teams

Belgium Logix, Ken, Stain, Skytorr, Shyraa, Podonova, ChabaTheWeevil, Hades, GoldenEagle
FranceAvo, NiCOgdh, Pak, BenBest, Poko, FDGod, reviewzGetAmazed, LeRenegat, HyP, Ascoft, Bulle, Ceadus, SweepzFr, Loaw
GermanyPhi, qrxu, Hitori, Alex2704, sucrax, Pandi, rephid, Zupo, Moose, SoaxThor, Regiegab
ItalyChimera, Yukinoshita, Andr3w, Rajaion, Frayu1600, Katekomi, AleehCarnifex
NetherlandsA10, Pastor, TAP, Daan, kraandop, ANJ, BuddieCasores
NorwayOnigod, PSYCH0, Yiqids, Isack, meeemyo, JayP7, EkkoSpongey, Seabo
Polandicav, Philion, FakeJake, choose, Flipper, Kaju, teksolarek2597
Saudi ArabiaYoubi, Quartz, YZNSA, KSAA, Haku, SirMajed, OneW1llyv
Spainhira, Loren, CrazyDragon, Helv, heaveNN, Galaa, Khenail, Bones, Conde, Ade, SrFreezyFayt
Swedenkevster, SparkR, LullSiSH, Theomatic, Scyle, h9mpe, MellunAlmostpanda, Merc
TurkeyLethal, Nephren, Matrak, MtyRevenant, Romani, Pharook, LuCy Exquency
United KingdomBackbone, WMaimone, Kai, JkAru19, Smex, Kronus, FunnyAstroChrisTFer

Team China

Note: due to Overwatch being shutdown in Mainland China, Team China has been granted an instant buy-in into the group stage and won’t be participating in the conferences

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ChinaShy, leave, guxue, Twenty, Mmonk, lengsa, Farway1987RUI

Overwatch World Cup 2023: Skins and cosmetics

Starting on 7 February, players can earn an exclusive charm celebrating the start of the Overwatch World Cup 2023. All players will have to do to obtain it is log in and play a game. 

Picture of the OWWC2023 weapon charmBlizzard

And Blizzard is also running a challenge exclusively for the participating teams. 

Out of the 36 selected teams for the World Cup, one will be able to win a custom in-game cosmetic. The winning team will be involved in the design process of the cosmetic item, making it exclusive to just the team. 

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And for a team to win, players from their respective country will need to play any game mode from February 7-21. Every time a game is played it will give the team a point and put them up on the leaderboard.

But in the end, whichever team is on the top of the leaderboard will get the custom in-gam cosmetic.

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