Overwatch League announces new format for 2020
Overwatch League today released the first details on its upcoming 2020 season.
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With the final stage of the 2019 Overwatch League season on the horizon, we are drawing ever closer to 2020. Next year will be the season of homecomings, with matches breaking away from Los Angeles and playing out at home venues across the globe.
When we launched the league, we divided the teams into Atlantic and Pacific Divisions to prepare for this evolution. In 2020, we are bringing the Overwatch League to the hometown fans and showcasing our amazing players around the globe, but we need to be mindful of the challenges of team travel. To that end, the Pacific and Atlantic Divisions will become the Pacific and Atlantic Conferences, and further split into four divisions: Atlantic North, Atlantic South, Pacific East, and Pacific West.
Since 2017, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles has been the epicenter of our story. Next year, our global league is going home—actually, to many homes, with 52 homestand weekend events hosted at venues across the world.
Each team will host two homestands. On top of those, teams in each division will also collectively host three additional regular-season events in their home territories.
The 2020 season will begin in February next year and conclude in August. Teams will play 28 matches over the course of the regular season, facing in-conference opponents twice each and out-of-conference teams once each. All regular-season matches will be played on weekends, with times optimized for local markets.
The full 2020 schedule will be released next month, with tickets going on sale shortly after so you can plan your adventures with your friends.
Due to travel and scheduling requirements, the 2020 season will no longer be split into stages, but we will have an awesome midseason All-Stars event. This means we will have Overwatch League matches every week of the season! But don’t worry—teams will still have time to rest in their designated bye weeks, which will differ from team to team. ?
At the conclusion of our season, we will bring the best teams together for an epic tournament to crown a champion at our Grand Finals.