The following was sent to Inven Global as press release
The Overwatch League is excited to be one of the first esports leagues in the United States to be back live, as the league will reveal its 2021 postseason format tomorrow at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET with plans including a return to live events with fans in two locations later this year.
The league’s postseason will take place from Sept. 4–25, with online regional play-in matches leading into a double-elimination playoff bracket and the Grand Finals. Playoffs will take place Sept. 16–19 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas and the Grand Finals to be hosted at Galen Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 25. Tickets for both events will go on sale in August, more details about that will be revealed next month.
In the West Region—comprising the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice—the three teams that finish the regular season with the most League Points will qualify for the playoff bracket.
In the East Region—which includes the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty—the two teams with the most regular-season League Points will earn a spot as well.
The other three berths will be determined through the online single-elimination regional play-ins taking place Sept. 4–5. In the West, the fourth through ninth seeds (based on League Points) will compete for two spots, while the third through fifth seeds in the East will do the same for one remaining spot, for a total of eight teams. Teams will be seeded into the double-elimination playoff bracket based on their overall League Points earned and placement within their region, with a sequence of tiebreakers applied if necessary.
Higher seeds in each region will enjoy significant advantages throughout the postseason, including byes, choice of opponent for the first round of the playoff bracket, and opening map selection.
GRAND FINALS 2021
The double-elimination playoff bracket will produce two teams who will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Grand Finals at Galen Center.
The 2021 champion will take home a US $1.5 million prize and the championship trophy. The runner-up gets $700,000, with $350,000 for third place and $250,000 for fourth place.
There’s US $3.2 million at stake in the playoffs, with the winners taking home 1.5 million, the runner-up take home $700,000.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.