BlizzCon’s eSports schedule and in-game freebies laid out for the Opening Week

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Blizzard have revealed the eSports schedule for BlizzCon, October 26-31, where a bunch of eSports professionals from around the world will be battling it out in Overwatch, StarCraft 2, Hearthstone and more. 

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All these eSports professionals will be aiming to set themselves up for success on the BlizzCon stage on November 4-5, and a win in this Opening Week could see them well on their way.

In addition to the early rounds of competition for World of Warcraft Arena, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and StarCraft II, this year’s Opening Week will host early group stage matches for the Overwatch World Cup.

Every Opening Week match will be streamed live. Here are the times:

World of Warcraft Arena World Championship

  • Prize Pool: $250,000
  • Number of Players: 8 Teams (3–4 players per team)
  • Schedule: October 28, 11:00 a.m. PDT

Heroes of the Storm Fall Global Championship

  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Number of Players: 12 Teams (5 players per team)
  • Schedule: October 26–28, 9:00 a.m. PDT

Overwatch World Cup

  • Number of Players: 16 Teams (6 players per team)
  • Schedule: October 29–31, 12:00 p.m. PDT

Hearthstone World Championship

  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Number of Players: 16
  • Schedule: October 26–30, 9:00 a.m. PDT

StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals

  • Prize Pool: $500,000
  • Number of Players: 16
  • Schedule: October 27–29, 8:30 a.m. PDT and October 30, 9:30 a.m. PDT

For the full details, head over to the official BlizzCon announcement page.

Blizzard have also announced some of the free in-game items they’re giving away to ticket holders and anyone with a virtual ticket. There’s a lovely BlizzCon Bastion skin, among loads of other cool stuff. Look at him:

BlizzCon Bastion skin