African Cyber Gaming League announces Overwatch Festival Tournament

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Overwatch is still very much in its infancy in South Africa. We’ve seen a few tournaments spring up since the official launch last year, and some of us were expecting some big things for 2017. Overwatch is still going slow, and the ACGL have just announced their inaugural Overwatch tournament, with a twist.

The “Overwatch Festival” is not going to be the conventional 6v6 competitive matchup, but instead the ACGL have decided to shake things up by introducing several game-types spread across all platforms.


According to their press release:

Traditionally, tournaments for Overwatch have been hosted as 6-a-side events. We at ACGL would like to break the mould and kick off with something more accommodating to the community by breaking that extensive barrier for entry. Thus, we are very excited to announce that all the Overwatch Festival tournaments will consist of solely 1v1 and 3v3 Single Elimination tournaments. 

It’s a rather interesting tournament, but it’s also quite smart. It’s well known that PC has been dominant in competitive Overwatch with console lacking a good number of competitive players. The tournament will now see adamant console competitors being able to form teams with a friend (or two) or even competing by themselves to show off their skill. PC will fill up, as it always does, but the push for console is great and registrations are opening up soon.

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Tournament & Registration Dates:

  • 15 February – 1v1 Mystery Duel (Registrations Open now)
  • 19 February – 1v1 Mystery Duel (Registrations Open 16 February)
  • 22 February – 3v3 Elimination (Registrations Open 20 February)
  • 26 February – 3v3 Elimination (Registrations Open 23 February)
  • 1 March – 1v1 Mystery Duel (Registrations Open 27 February)

As with every tournament, there will be some prizes up for grabs.

1st – PC

  • R1000 Cash
  • Overwatch Collector’s Edition*
  • SteelSeries Rival 300 Mouse
  • SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset
  • SteelSeries Mousepad
  • Overwatch Badge
  • Reflex Warmer

1st – Xbox One

  • R1000 Cash
  • Overwatch Collectors Edition*
  • Overwatch Badge
  • KontrolFreek FPS Freek Galaxy
  • KontrolFreek Logo Tee & Sticker pack
  • KontrolFreek Controller Shield
  • Reflex Warmer

1st – PS4

  • R1000 Cash
  • Overwatch Collectors Edition*
  • Overwatch Badge
  • KontrolFreek FPS Freek Galaxy
  • KontrolFreek Logo Tee & Sticker pack
  • KontrolFreek Controller Shield
  • Reflex Warmer

Last Updated: February 9, 2017

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  • PurplePariah

    Just to clarify on the Collector’s Edition prizes – the game discs are not included, hence the asterisk. This means you get all the swag though, which is cool.

  • Hargrim

    I’m game to try the 1v1. Will get my Swedish buddy to try and coach me out of Dirt League this weekend

  • PurplePariah

    Oh, additionally, there are 2nd and 3rd place prizes with some swag too. 🙂

  • Admiral Chief

    As long as you GET ON THE PAYLOAD

  • Original Heretic

    Is there going to be a special noob category for players who’ve JUST started playing the game?

    I know, probably not, I’m just wishful thinking.

    • Magoo

      I believe there is a Mystery Noob 6v6 tournament starting soon! There is no prize pool, no need for registration and you will be playing against European players! You can also decide the time of your matches.

      • Original Heretic

        I can be that noob! Using my noob powers, I will decimate (dictionary definition thereof) my opponents!
        And more than likely DIE TRYING!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    1v1, then 3v3 – so who gets the prize then?

    • Combination of points

      • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

        So a friend can beat you in the 1v1 and then you help him win more points in the 3v3.

        Am I reading this wrong?

        Yes, I is confused 🙁

        • not my tournament.. but my understanding is

          You get XP points for winning games in the 1v1.. so if you get to the final and play against your friend you will get more XP in the 1v1.

          Then if they are part of your 3v3 team and you win that tournament you win all the stuff

          • Holden ZA

            Hey all 🙂 First thanks for the coverage. <3

            The tournament works on XP. For each tournament XP is assigned on a personal level. So the players with the top 3 XP will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

            In a 3v3 XP is personally assigned on the same basis as the 1v1. Hope that clarifies it. If not feel free to ask, here to help.

          • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

            Make a bit more sense, thanks Holden.

          • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

            Thanks Gavin.

  • Just some fair warning.. my 13 year old daughter is entering the tournament so you may end up losing to a girl

    • Deceased

      Losing to a girl is fine – she is just gamer 😛

  • Deceased

    “Reflex Warmer”

    Whats is it Precious?

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