Monkey Bubble has announced the Overwatch MB Eurocup Fundraiser tournament for 18 World Cup teams predominantly from Europe. The tournament will take place between August 30 and September 8.
We are proud to announce the first-ever European funding drive to support OWWC teams in the server region. Including AMA's, Podcasts, Exclusive MB merchandise to support teams, and the first-ever Overwatch MB Eurocup fundraiser tournament.— Monkey Bubble Official (@monkey_ow) August 23, 2019
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The tournament will consist of 14 teams from Europe, three teams from the Middle East and one team from Africa. The European teams are Austria Austria World Cup Rank #0 , Iceland Iceland World Cup Rank #0 , Greece Greece World Cup Rank #0 , Italy Italy World Cup Rank #6 , Poland Poland World Cup Rank #0 , Bulgaria Bulgaria World Cup Rank #0 , Portugal Portugal World Cup Rank #15 , Denmark Denmark World Cup Rank #4 , Latvia Latvia World Cup Rank #0 , Romania Romania World Cup Rank #0 , Spain Spain World Cup Rank #0 , Germany Germany World Cup Rank #9 , Norway Norway World Cup Rank #0 and Switzerland Switzerland World Cup Rank #0 . They are joined by Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia World Cup Rank #0 , Kuwait Kuwait World Cup Rank #0 , Israel Israel World Cup Rank #0 and South Africa South Africa World Cup Rank #0 .
Initially, the tournament was set to include 20 teams. Russia and Ireland were initially invited but dropped out.
The teams will play in a randomly seeded group stage and then enter an elimination bracket. There will be four groups: two groups of five and two groups of four. The teams that finish last in the groups of five will not advance to the elimination bracket.
The groups are as follows:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
Group stage matches begin August 30 at 19:00 CEST (1:00 p.m. EDT and 10:00 a.m. PDT). Matches will be streamed in English on Monkey Bubble's Twitch channel, In French on CastersNest and in Spanish on TitanMedia. The group stage's last day will be September 4, after that, the elimination bracket will begin.
The matches in the group stage will be played in the same format as the Overwatch Contenders regular season, consisting of at least four maps. Matches in the elimination bracket will be first-to-three sets.
There is a crowdfund page on Matcherino that Monkey Bubble started with a £100 (~122 USD) entry. This prize money will go to the highest placed team in the tournament that is not fully funded already.
Additionally, Monkey Bubble is selling limited edition Overwatch World Cup merchandise to help fund the teams. Half of all money made from team merchandise will go to the individual teams represented in the merchandise. Another 10% of the money made from team merchandise will go to a cumulative funding pool which will be for all teams participating.
Additionally, several teams will be selling their own merchandise for the event and Monkey Bubble plans to list the those teams' merchandise alongside what Monkey Bubble themselves have produced.
Monkey Bubble has stated they any excess made from merchandise sales not required to "cover fair payment" for those working on the event will be donated directly to the prize pool of the Eurocup tournament.