Games across the four “regions” of North America, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Asia), Korea, and Taiwan will take place tonight as pros and streamers play the new free Operation Shifting Tides update in the first competition of the season.
The games which will be streamed on both the twitchrivalsTwitch account and on each player’s own accounts with the following team captains confirmed for the event (teams will be added when confirmed):
- George "KingGeorge" Kassa - Year 1 PC World Champion with 570k Twitch followers
- VarsityGaming - 750k subscriber YouTuber
Europe, the Middle East and Africa
- Piotr “IzakOOO” Skowyrski - 1.2m follower Twitch streamer - playing with Marciu, Alban, Don Pago and Kromka
- Benjamin "Sixquatre" Leray - French Pro League caster with 85k YouTube subscribers - playing with SUSSULEVRAI, OneShooter, TheWhiteshark and Kitty
- Yeray "DriD" González - ex-Pro from Seasons 1-5 with 65k Twitch followers - playing with Scythe, Abichu, Caramela and Muit0
The full list of participants can be seen below with these two being the best known involved:
The games will be cast by Inyeong "SummerRain" Kim, the ex-coach of Cloud9 and primary Korean-language caster, on the separate channel of twitchrivals_kr
- Wei "Xargon0731" Chang - ex-professional CS:GO and current Overwatch player with 270k Twitch followers
- Ko0416 - 100k subscriber Twitch streamer
In total $195,000 will be to play for split between the sub-regions in what amounts to the fifth-biggest prizepool of any tournament this year. As of now the split for each game is unknown however, EMEA’s pool has been confirmed to be $75,000.
Games will kick-off at the following times in each region:
- Taiwan and Korea: 2 AM PT / 11 AM CEST
- EMEA: 10 AM PT / 7 PM CEST
- North America: 2 PM PT / 11 PM CEST
Previously, for the launch of Operation Ember Rise, a similar Twitch Rivals Showdown was run with a $150,000 prize pool with Teams ZironicDK, BikiniBodhi, Fooya, and KingGeorge each taking home the maximum winnings of $20,000.
For more information on this and upcoming tournaments, keep an eye out here at SiegeGG for news, statistics, and more.