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 2019 Austria 2019 Inactive , Iceland 2019 Iceland 2019 Inactive , Greece 2019 Greece 2019 Inactive , Italy 2019 Italy 2019 Inactive , Poland 2019 Poland 2019 Inactive , Bulgaria 2019 Bulgaria 2019 Inactive , Portugal 2019 Portugal 2019 Inactive , Denmark 2019 Denmark 2019 Inactive , Latvia 2019 Latvia 2019 Inactive , Romania 2019 Romania 2019 Inactive , Spain 2019 Spain 2019 Inactive , Germany 2019 Germany 2019 Inactive , Norway 2019 Norway 2019 Inactive and Switzerland 2019 Switzerland 2019 Inactive . They are joined by Saudi Arabia 2019 Saudi Arabia 2019 Inactive , Kuwait 2019 Kuwait 2019 Inactive , Israel 2019 Israel 2019 Inactive and South Africa 2019 South Africa 2019 Inactive .
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.