Overwatch World Cup Kicks Off in China

Hype Video details the gathering of players

Overwatch's digital world cup Credit: Blizzard

The Overwatch World Cup – not to be confused with the upcoming Overwatch League – kicked off today with its first match of the year on the way to the world playoffs.

Teams from eight countries are competing in Shanghai over the weekend to see who might advance to the finals this November during game developer Blizzard's annual Blizzcon fan event in Anaheim, California.

The countries competing this weekend in Shanghai are: China, Norway, Hong Kong, Romania, France, Thailand, Denmark and Argentina. A handful of the matches have already been played, but you can still catch a bulk of the playoffs over on Twitch.

After China's playoffs wrap-up, the next set kicks off in Australia, then Poland and finally, in August, in the United States. All of the games will be streamed. You can see the full schedule over on the official page for the Overwatch World Cup.

In case you're not quite psyched for this demonstration of esports competition – or maybe even a little confused – Blizzard put together a nice hype video to drum up a bit more attention and understanding. You can watch it below.

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Hero shooter Overwatch is the fastest game to reach a 30 million player count among Blizzard's stable of twenty number one games over the past decade. Other popular Blizzard titles include World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo.