Overwatch Esports


Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$17,647,178.56 From 717 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2015-11-14 to

Overwatch is a squad-based first-person shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 24, 2016.

It moves away from Blizzard's mainstay of real-time strategy games such as StarCraft II and WarCraft III. Players choose one of several hero characters, each with their own unique abilities and role classes. The game's overall design encourages players to switch between characters during a match. While the game focuses on team-based shooter gameplay, it was designed to have a "front" to the interaction rather than a deathmatch with a circular-flow, giving players a sense of where attackers or defenders are coming from.

Many of the best Overwatch players transitioned over from other competitive scenes such as Quake Live, Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield 4. Several Overwatch esports tournaments have already occurred before the game's official release, awarding over $30,000 during the beta.

At the 2016 eSports Industry Awards, Overwatch was named "New eSports Game of the Year". At the beginning of 2018, The Overwatch League (OWL) debuted and became the premiere league in Overwatch esports, aiming to follow the model of traditional professional sports with its use of city-based franchise teams and regular season play, instead of relegation and promotion/demotion used frequently in other esports leagues.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Korea, Republic of GestureHong, Jae Hee$197,508.75
2.Korea, Republic of ProfitPark, Joon Yeong$197,508.75
3.Korea, Republic of CloserJung, Won Sik$197,026.19
4.Korea, Republic of birdringKim, Ji Hyuk$178,231.62
5.Korea, Republic of BdosinChoi, Seung Tae$171,038.86
6.Korea, Republic of FuryKim, Jun Ho$167,450.94
7.Korea, Republic of NUSKim, Jong Seok$166,256.87
8.Korea, Republic of SaebyeolbePark, Jong Yeol$102,547.30
9.Korea, Republic of Mek0Kim, Tae Hong$99,547.30
10.Korea, Republic of HooregLee, Dong Eun$97,907.63
11.Korea, Republic of ManoKim, Dong Gyu$93,692.33
12.Korea, Republic of LiberoKim, Hye Sung$93,582.24
13.Korea, Republic of JJoNakBang, Sung Hyeon$89,498.02
14.Korea, Republic of pineKim, Do Hyun$88,012.28
15.Korea, Republic of janusSong, Joong Hwa$86,293.32
16.Korea, Republic of ANAMOJeong, Tae-seong$85,918.73
17.Sweden snilloSimon Ekström$80,740.82
18.France SoOnTerence Tarlier$79,069.64
19.Korea, Republic of ArKHong, Yeon Joon$77,952.15
20.Sweden NevixAndreas Karlsson$70,755.36
21.Finland fragiJoona Laine$70,255.34
22.Korea, Republic of BUMPERPark, Sang Beom$68,681.89
23.Korea, Republic of StitchLee, Choong Hui$68,681.89
24.Korea, Republic of HaksalKim, Hyo Jong$67,316.58
25.Korea, Republic of RyujehongRyu, Je Hong$65,804.45

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$3,457,547.3819.59%


» StarCraft II-$13,482,082.68
» Hearthstone-$548,303.69
» Heroes of the Storm-$413,487.36
» Team Fortress 2+$17,035,846.77
» Battlefield 4+$17,401,412.10

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$6,921,904.18
2.China China$1,847,711.21
3.United States United States$1,648,766.19
4.Sweden Sweden$795,134.63
5.France France$715,697.02
6.Australia Australia$595,005.48
7.Finland Finland$558,940.29
8.Taiwan, Republic of China Taiwan, Republic of China$514,015.05
9.Canada Canada$464,157.62
10.United Kingdom United Kingdom$335,645.15

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United States DyrusMarcus HillAnalyst
Canada HuKChris LorangerCommentator
United States MrXMatt MorelloCommentator
Germany TaKeDennis GehlenTournament Organizer
United States TsquaredTom TaylorCommentator