Blizzard has announced the Overwatch World Cup, a tournament open to teams from all around the world. The finals take place at this November's BlizzCon event, but the competition heats up beginning next Thursday, August 11.
"The celebration begins on Thursday, August 11 with communities around the world voting for which players they’d like to see represent their country," Blizzard wrote in an email. "A mix of representatives will be nominated from each participating country, including pro gamers, skilled community personalities from the area, and local players who’ve climbed the ranks in Season 1 of Competitive Play."
When voting opens next Thursday, Blizzard will provide information on players' favorite heroes and rankings in order to help voters make informed picks. You must have an Overwatch license to join in, and you can only vote on behalf of the region where your account is registered.
Once voting wraps up, online qualifiers will begin in September. Each qualifier is structured as a best-of-three, single-elimination battle. The tourney brackets will winnow out teams until only 16 remain: six from Europe, six from Asia-Pacific territories, and four from the Americas. Those teams will square off at BlizzCon to determine a winner.
Although there is no prize pool for the competition, players on the top 16 teams will receive a free trip to BlizzCon so they can shoot it out.
Blizzard has more details on the Overwatch website, including an FAQ that addresses topics such as how players are nominated and where you can watch the action from home.