Overwatch Esports


Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$22,049,333.28 From 740 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$222,730.97
2.Korea, Republic of ProfitPark, Joon Yeong$222,730.97
3.Korea, Republic of birdringKim, Ji Hyuk$200,953.84
4.Korea, Republic of BdosinChoi, Seung Tae$197,689.65
5.Korea, Republic of CloserJung, Won Sik$197,480.74
6.Korea, Republic of FuryKim, Jun Ho$190,582.25
7.Korea, Republic of NUSKim, Jong Seok$188,479.09
8.Korea, Republic of RascalKim, Dong Jun$181,108.68
9.Sweden NevixAndreas Karlsson$180,755.36
10.Korea, Republic of StrikerKwon, Nam Joo$177,424.24
11.Korea, Republic of smurfYoo, Myeong Hwan$172,184.16
12.Korea, Republic of ChoiHyoBinChoi, Hyo Bin$169,657.20
13.United States MothGrant Espe$164,548.25
14.United States sinatraaJay Won$164,363.81
15.United States superMatthew DeLisi$162,948.02
16.Korea, Republic of Viol2tPark, Min Ki$158,901.19
17.Korea, Republic of HooregLee, Dong Eun$157,907.63
18.Korea, Republic of ArchitectPark, Min Ho$157,289.90
19.Korea, Republic of SaebyeolbePark, Jong Yeol$153,658.41
20.Korea, Republic of Mek0Kim, Tae Hong$149,547.30
21.Korea, Republic of ManoKim, Dong Gyu$146,232.01
22.Korea, Republic of LiberoKim, Hye Sung$144,693.35
23.Korea, Republic of JJoNakBang, Sung Hyeon$140,609.13
24.Korea, Republic of pineKim, Do Hyun$138,012.28
25.Korea, Republic of ANAMOJeong, Tae-seong$137,029.84

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$3,822,852.8317.34%


» StarCraft II-$11,591,960.88
» Hearthstone-$281,003.64
» Heroes of the Storm+$3,879,199.55
» Team Fortress 2+$21,332,871.68
» Battlefield 4+$21,803,566.82

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$9,994,310.65
2.United States United States$2,208,532.27
3.China China$1,930,745.55
4.Sweden Sweden$924,547.22
5.France France$731,352.88
6.Finland Finland$711,670.64
7.Australia Australia$587,435.02
8.Taiwan, Republic of China Taiwan, Republic of China$521,098.41
9.Canada Canada$514,167.93
10.United Kingdom United Kingdom$397,427.32

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