Overwatch Esports


Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$34,841,725.38 From 843 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 smurfYoo, Myeong Hwan$355,350.83
2.United States MothGrant Espe$353,964.92
3.United States superMatthew DeLisi$353,614.69
4.Korea, Republic of ChoiHyoBinChoi, Hyo Bin$352,823.87
5.Korea, Republic of Viol2tPark, Min Ki$349,567.86
6.Korea, Republic of RascalKim, Dong Jun$347,275.35
7.Korea, Republic of StrikerKwon, Nam Joo$335,590.91
8.Korea, Republic of VoidKang, Jun Woo$324,351.68
9.Korea, Republic of ProfitPark, Joon Yeong$302,800.29
10.Korea, Republic of TwilightLee, Joo Seok$300,558.26
11.Korea, Republic of FletaKim, Byeong Seon$300,194.27
12.Korea, Republic of GestureHong, Jae Hee$295,300.29
13.Korea, Republic of IzayakiKim, Min Chul$289,046.77
14.Korea, Republic of LeeJaeGonLee, Jae Gon$288,092.56
15.Korea, Republic of WhoruLee, Seung Joon$268,761.15
16.Korea, Republic of BdosinChoi, Seung Tae$267,371.47
17.Korea, Republic of FaTeKoo, Pan Seung$256,121.57
18.Korea, Republic of LIPLee, Jae Won$251,174.31
19.Korea, Republic of birdringKim, Ji Hyuk$240,203.84
20.Korea, Republic of FuryKim, Jun Ho$235,332.25
21.China MollyHe, Chengzhi$229,543.22
22.Korea, Republic of ANSLee, Seon Chang$208,078.52
23.Korea, Republic of CloserJung, Won Sik$204,230.74
24.Japan ta1yoSean Henderson$201,327.33
25.Korea, Republic of pineKim, Do Hyun$194,887.28

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$16,001,693.3045.93%


» StarCraft II-$6,315,202.79
» Hearthstone+$4,860,179.56
» Heroes of the Storm+$16,390,264.00
» Paladins+$32,351,217.78
» Team Fortress 2+$34,072,605.36
» Battlefield 4+$34,595,958.92

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$17,568,062.79
2.United States United States$3,563,416.35
3.China China$3,030,745.67
4.Sweden Sweden$1,084,412.06
5.Finland Finland$966,291.29
6.France France$938,648.65
7.United Kingdom United Kingdom$765,271.76
8.Australia Australia$698,582.77
9.Canada Canada$589,797.95
10.Taiwan, Republic of China Taiwan, Republic of China$565,588.62

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