Saudi Arabia Goes Undefeated to Win Overwatch World Cup 2023
A new champion arrives!
The Overwatch World Cup 2023 has concluded with Saudi Arabia claiming the trophy and becoming the first team from the Middle East to win the tournament.
This victory has resulted in a new Overwatch champion, ending the dominance of the United States and South Korea, in front of a live audience who were there as part of BlizzCon 2023.
After a hiatus of four years, Overwatch World Cup 2023 returned to LAN and gave players from across the world a chance to represent their country on a global stage.
The competition delivered by all teams and players was top notch with the last four matches going down to the wire, enthralling the viewers, and making for some enticing action.
Saudi Arabia are Crowned the Champions of Overwatch World Cup 2023 (OWWC 2023)
The tournament which took place from 29th October to 4th November at the Anaheim Convention Center comprised of 16 qualified teams fighting for a crowdfunded prize pool of $365,000 USD.
Saudi Arabia started its journey as part of Group D alongside three other countries United States, Japan, and France. They maintained a clean sheet by defeating all of them with a straight 2-0 scoreline, leading their group and qualifying for the playoffs without dropping a single map.
In the quarterfials, Saudi Arabia maintained its win streak by handing a 3-0 defeat to Spain, but the road ahead was not easy and the team had to dig real deep to stay in the game.
The semifinal bout against Finland started well as Saudi Arabia won the first two games but the Finns fought back to level the series before finally conceding the decider by a margin.
China was a formidable opponent to take on in the grand finals but Saudi Arabia kept at it and gave it their absolute best to secure another 3-2 win, lifting the trophy in front of a packed audience and claiming the title of Overwatch world champions.
The tournament also witnessed a lot of firsts like South Korea not taking a podium finish for the first time since the inception of this competition, Finland reaching its highest possible finish in the history of the Overwatch World Cup, and China finishing as runners-up for a record third time in a row.
Apart from the tournament, a roadmap was shared by the developers about what players can expect from Overwatch 2 next year in 2024. There are a lof of changes and exciting things headed our way and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out.