Norway Sent Home at Overwatch World Cup 2018 Qualifier

The Overwatch World Cup Qualifying Arena in Los Angeles is full of supporters. The Norwegian flag and the Austrian Flag are showing on the two big screens above the arena stage.

writer icon Paige Whitehead     Robert Paul   |   Game Development     🕐 10. Sep. 2018

After losing to the United States on Sunday night, Norway was eliminated from the Overwatch World Cup Qualifying round. Norway was considered the dark horse of the tournament. An unknown enemy that could make a surprising show against the dominant North American teams.

Although they beat Switzerland and Austria, Norway fell short against Brazil, Canada, and the United States. The United States went on to win the stage. Together with Canada in second place, they will move on to the Overwatch World Cup in November.

Represent at Blizzcon

The Overwatch World Cup qualifiers are to narrow down 8 of the 24 competing countries to represent themselves at Blizzcon 2018, Blizzard Entertainment’s annual gaming convention. With over 40 million players, the Overwatch World Cup will be a chance for Blizzard to see the results of its efforts to mainstream esports into popular culture.

Norway’s Nordic neighbour, Finland, qualified for the World Cup in August after beating Hong Kong, Russia, and Japan. Sweden and Denmark will battle for places in the top 8 on 13th September, where they will face China, Australia, Thailand, and Spain.

Sweden is no stranger to the Overwatch World Cup, placing 3rd in the 2016 and 2017 tournaments. With Finland already qualified, the Nordic countries may yet be well represented at the World Cup.

Highly skilled players

The Overwatch League has allowed international professional players to play together with the very best from all over the world rather than restricting them to their region. This has generated a collection of well rounded, highly skilled players to represent their country at this year’s World Cup, making it more competitive than in recent years.

The Overwatch World Cup and Qualifier rounds will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, and the Overwatch World Cup’s homepage.

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