36 teams will compete in the Overwatch World Cup Qualifiers in 2023

36 teams will compete in the Overwatch World Cup Qualifiers in 2023 ...

For the first time since 2018, Blizzard announced the resumption and fifth installment of the Overwatch World Cup.

The United States, as the current champion, and South Korea, who have won three previous titles, are aiming to retain their championship in the tournament, but Overwatch 2 introduces new players to the field. Is there any possibility of a new champion being crowned this year?

Each country and region will conduct World Cup trials over three weekends in the same month. The competition committees will then choose a team of seven players in April.

There will be a wild card competition that will award four additional spots for teams to compete in, with further details to be published in February. The teams will then compete in their groups in June to be one of 16 teams to compete in the LAN finals scheduled to take place in the fall of 2023.

As they have always done well in the Overwatch World Cups, there will be no World Cup trials in China, and the team will not compete in the Online Qualifiers, and the tryout process in China will be different from that in other countries/regions. Further information on the process will be shared directly with players in the China region.

The 36 teams and six groups that will be online qualifiers are listed below.

The Americas Conference (AMER) is a conference that focuses on specific areas of interest.

  • AMER A
    • Canada
    • Costa Rica
    • Guatemala
    • Mexico
    • Puerto Rico
    • United States
  • AMER B
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Ecuador
    • Peru
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

The European and Middle East Conference (EMEC) will take place on April 14.

  • EMEC A
    • Belgium
    • France
    • Great Britain
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Spain
  • EMEC B
    • Germany
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Sweden
    • Turkey
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden
  • Turkey

The Asia-Pacific Conference (APAC) is a conference based in the United Arab Emirates.

  • APAC A
    • Chinese Taipei
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Philippines
    • South Korea
  • APAC B
    • Australia
    • India
    • Malaysia
    • New Zealand
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

During online qualifiers, a team from China will already have a secured spot in the group stage. The remaining 15 spots will be competed for by teams.

AMER AEMEC AAPAC AAMER BEMEC BAPAC B
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Each team will be represented by a competition committee that consists of three members:

  • General Manager: responsible for team operations and communications with Blizzard
  • Coach: responsible for leading tryouts, player selection, and all competitive aspects of the team
  • Social Lead: responsible for the team’s social media, content, and engagement initiatives

Do you believe you have the skills to lead your country's competition committee? Here's how you may get involved:

STEP 1: ASKING

  • Create a video that describes who you are, why you want to be a competition committee member, and what unique advantages you can bring to the space

STEP 2:

  • Fill out a web form (name, email, Discord, Battle.net, etc.)
  • Written statements for Step 1 will be accepted here in-lieu of a video

STEP 3:

  • If selected, Blizzard will reach out via email or Discord with next steps

Feel free to browse Blizzard's official blog for more information and FAQs.

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