The Rivalcade Overwatch Rumble is the latest tournament to emerge from the esports ecosystem with a five figure prize-pool.
Eight top professional Overwatch teams have been automatically invited. These are EnVyUs, Rogue, Immortals, Selfless, LG Evil, Cloud9, Splyce Gaming, and compLexity. The split of the pool is $6,000 (£4,784) for first, $3,000 (£2,392) for second and $1,000 (£797) for third.
Rivalcade Founder and CEO Scott O’Leary stated: “We are thrilled to bring the best professional Overwatch teams in North America together to compete, while at the same time providing an opportunity for any team to make a name for themselves by playing against the best.”
Up to 64 teams will compete in the qualifying event that will take place on Tuesday, April 18th, and of these the top eight teams will advance to the group stage. This stage will take place on Saturday April 23rd, and the Double-Elimination and Grand Finals will take place on the Sunday. All matches will be view-able on both Twitch and Rivalcade TV.
The format for the Saturday Group Play is a best-of-3 Round Robin with 16 teams divided into four groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to Sunday’s Double Elimination Bracket, which will be best-of-3, and the final teams will rumble in a best-of-5 Grand Final match-up. For more information, teams and fans can check out the Rivalcade Overwatch Rumble webpage.
Sean May, Platform Operations for Razer said: “Rivalcade has proven to be a pillar in the competitive community for both Overwatch and Hearthstone. Holding the $10,000 Overwatch Rumble is just another testament of their commitment to this scene. We are proud that Razer Arena is the platform of choice for both the qualifiers and the main event. The action will be epic and we can’t wait to see it unfold!”
Esports Insider says: It’s exactly this type of tournament which is needed for esports to continue to prosper and grow. The more regular the opportunities there are to win a good amount of money the better, and this Overwatch Rumble format looks a lot of fun.