With COVID-19 forcing the League to pivot from Homestands into an online format last year, with only a handful of offline events taking place in North America, the Asian region missed out on finally been able to see OWL teams duke it out in front of a live audience.
According to the press release, the three events will take place during the third week of qualifying matches before the monthly tournaments corresponding to the months of June, July, and August.
OWL 2021 Live events- Schedule
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The events will take place in a reduced venue capacity to comply with local safety requirements, the selected cities and dates are as follows:
- June 4-6: Hangzhou Spark (June Joust)
- July 9-11: Shanghai Dragons (Summer Showdown)
- August 7-8: Guangzhou Charge (Countdown Cup)
As we've mentioned, all the China-based teams will make appearances in these events. In case they have a match against a South Korea-based team like New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, or the Seoul Dynasty, the Chinese squads will still play on stage, with the Korean representatives playing via a cloud server.
The Overwatch League is set to return for its fourth season this upcoming 16th April. Check out everything you need to know about it in our detailed OWL 2021 guide.