Seven of South Africa’s best Overwatch players have been invited to compete at one of the biggest spectacles of the gaming world: The Overwatch World Cup held at Blizzcon 2019. The Overwatch World Cup sees countries around the world field teams who then qualify and compete to be named the best in the world. The tournament is broadcast on popular streaming platform Twitch as well as across various platforms that form part of Blizzard’s broadcast partnerships.
In the past, Overwatch League and the World Cup has featured on various Disney owned properties and ESPN. More than 3.8 million people tuned in to watch the 2018 World Cup which is broadcast in English, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, German, Japanese and Thai.
The Overwatch World Cup teams are truly the best of the best in each country. Players could vote for a committee and team to represent their country. More than 3 million people voted globally. South Africa’s committee includes two players competing at the top level locally, Lizelle “VirgoLiz” Smith and Peter “NotGroot” Berens as well as international esports presenter, Samantha “Tech Girl” Wright. The committee called on the assistance of well-known international coaches who have assisted teams in the Overwatch League and Overwatch Contenders Europe Tournaments in the selection process and Team South Africa was formed.
The following players have been selected to represent South Africa on the first weekend of November in Los Angeles at the Overwatch World Cup:
- Jordan “Twenty” Bouagh
- Joshua “AshBro” Luttich
- Ruan “Senticall” Potgieter
- Jean-Luc “LikeALuke” Linssen
- Wayne “Visions” Short
- Brandon “Squishy” Leonard
- Jeandre “ShapeShifter” Sadie
While the team has been invited to compete at the World Cup, only the top 10 countries according to rankings over the past few years receive financial support to assist with flights and accommodation. As South Africa was unable to compete in two of the past World Cups, the team will be responsible for all costs associated with getting them to Los Angeles. Local gaming organisation, Goliath Gaming, has pledged their support with a monetary donation and a BackaBuddy campaign is also currently running. You can support the team by donating to Team SA’s campaign here.