The inaugural season of the Overwatch League kicked off back in January, and while Stage 4 and the Playoffs are still ahead of us, the season’s climactic finale is now in sight. The Grand Finals will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, over a period of two days on July 27-28.
“Following the end of the Overwatch League regular season on Sunday, June 17,” reads a press release, “the postseason will begin, with a field of six teams on Wednesday, July 11 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. After the playoffs conclude, two finalists will take center stage in the Big Apple—at the home arena of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets—to battle for a share of the USD $1.4 million prize pool, the Overwatch League trophy, and a place in the history books.”
The Grand Finals will begin at 7pm EDT on Friday, July 27, with the first team to win two best-of-five matches taking home the championship.
Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer expects the event to be an “an epic experience for fans and viewers.” With the Barclays Center boasting a maximum attendee capacity of 19,000, the Grand Finals are all but guaranteed to eclipse the Overwatch World Cup as the most attended Overwatch eSports event.
While anything above 10,000 is considered a remarkably good turn out for an eSports event, the Grand Finals won’t be coming close to breaking the physical attendance record for a single event. That was set by the League of Legends World Final 2014 in Seoul, which attracted approximately 40,000 attendees.
Blizzard promises the event to be “an immersive on-site fan experience” but there is no word yet on whether or not Overwatch will be offering up exclusive in-game rewards to commemorate or incentivize viewership of the Grand Finals. Tickets to the two-day event go on sale on Friday, May 18 at 10am EDT.