Overwatch (OW) is one of the most popular multiplayer first-person shooter games in electronic sports. Described as a hero shooter, the game is played with two teams of six players, where the aim is to secure a position on a map or escort a payload. Such is the popularity of the game that Overwatch eSports betting has become one of the largest markets in the industry.

For anyone interested in getting in on the action, we’ve taken a look at the most popular competitive leagues so that you know who to keep an eye on.

The Overwatch League

Unlike many other electronic sports games, Overwatch has one main league, which was set up by Blizzard in 2017. It is unique in that it is the first global team with city-based teams. Just about all Overwatch betting takes involves the major league. The idea behind it was to create premier sports team based on the current US model.

It consists of 12 franchised teams, with each one representing a major city around the globe. Players are handpicked and given salaries, performances bonuses and incentives for winning games. Teams compete in the preseason, regular season and post season culminating in the Finals to determine the Champions.

Top Teams

With US eSports betting, knowing the Overwatch League teams is the first step in gaining knowledge and placing a successful wager. There are 12 teams in total, split into Atlantic division and the Pacific Division. All of the teams are listed below:

Pacific Division

  • Dallas Fuel
  • Los Angeles Gladiators
  • Los Angeles Valiant
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Seoul Dynasty
  • Shanghai Dragons

Atlantic Division

  • Boston Uprising
  • Florida Mayhem
  • Houston Outlaws
  • London Spitfire
  • New York Excelsior
  • Philadelphia Fusion

The Overwatch League kicks off with a preseason in December, which sees all teams playing exhibition matches while they hone their strategies for the upcoming year. January sees the start of the regular season, which is where the majority of Overwatch eSports betting action takes place. By June, the season wraps up with the top 4 teams competing in the post-season finals. After the champion is crowned, the All-star weekend takes place in August, where the best players and teams compete for bragging rights.

The Open Division

Thanks to the success of the official team and the popularity of the game, Blizzard have created an Open Division for aspiring professionals. This PC-only team is designed to seek out and promote the best players on the planet. After qualifying through on online point phase, players then compete against regional teams and a chance to make it the professional level.

Contenders

Contenders is an action packed multi-season league with ample opportunities for Overwatch eSports betting. Contenders is a high-level tournament that is a stepping stone for players aspiring to book their place in one of the main OW teams. OW Contenders is split into 7 regions with 12 teams for each region. All teams then compete in 3 regular season tournaments during the year, followed by the regional playoffs and a chance to win their share of the $3 million prize pool.

Contenders Trials

At the close of the OW Open division season, the Contenders Trials takes place. This is a premier 8-team tournament, and a highlight of the online eSports betting calendar. Once the Open Division season has wrapped up, the top 4 teams in each division then meet to do battle once again. This promotion/relegation tournament gives teams a chance to earn a spot in the premier Contenders League and to compete against the best in the industry, and also features an abundance of US eSports betting opportunities for those keen on backing the best of the best.