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Next Generation Esports to Present Overwatch Winter Premiere

Next Generation Esports (NGE) today announced the Overwatch® Winter Premiere, a multi-month tournament featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster new team-based shooter, Overwatch.

Starting in December, players will be able to participate in the Overwatch Winter Premiere, which is open to all North American Overwatch teams and competitors who register online beforehand. The tournament will begin with 4 days of online qualifiers, after which the top 8 teams—vying for a share of the $100,000 prize pool—will face off in 3 weeks of Double Round-Robin group play, followed by a 2-day live finals event in January 2017.

Next Generation Esports will work with Blizzard Entertainment to fully produce, direct, and broadcast the Overwatch Winter Premiere. All online qualifier broadcasts and group play will be streamed directly from NGE studios in Burbank, CA.

“NGE’s philosophy is to find the most ambitious esports partners and work with them to elevate their shows, that’s why we’re thrilled to work with Blizzard to create an esports experience perfectly matched to Overwatch fans.” – Andy Vander Woude, CEO and co-founder, Next Generation Esports

Open qualifiers begin December 10. The Overwatch Winter Premiere will be broadcast on For additional broadcast and sign up information, visit the Overwatch Winter Premiere site at

About Overwatch®

Built from the ground up to usher in a new era of competitive gaming, Overwatch® is a team-based shooter that features a cast of 23 different heroes—each with their own unique arsenal of extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities. As battles to capture and control objectives play out in exotic locations all over the world, players can switch between these heroes on the fly, adapting their team’s composition to the ever-changing state of the battlefield.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service,®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

About Next Generation Esports

Next Generation Esports (NGE) is the premier independent esports production company dedicated to elevating the next generation of competitive game franchises. NGE provides end-to-end professional league operations, amateur tournaments, live events, and original content tailor-made for each game’s audience. Broadcasting from NGE studios in Burbank, California, NGE strives to unify gamers as competitors, spectators, and community. For more information, visit

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