Saudi Arabia remained undefeated throughout the competition and won the championship by beating China in the final match.
On the 4th of November, Saudi Arabia’snational team was victorious in the 2023 Overwatch World Cup, which marked the return of the event to a live format after a four-year hiatus. The competition, featuring 16 international teams, took place from October 29 to November 4 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The tournament boasted a crowdfunded prize pool totaling $365,000 USD, with Saudi Arabia’s win earning them $125,000 USD.
During the group stage, Saudi Arabia was placed in Group D, where they went undefeated against the United States, Japan, and France with a scoreline of 2-0 for each match. In the quarterfinals, they continued their winning streak by defeating Spain 3-0. The semifinal against Finland was a more challenging affair, with the series being pushed to a deciding match, which Saudi Arabia won. The grand final pitted them against China, where they secured a 3-2 win to claim the title, thus becoming the first team from the Middle East to win the Overwatch World Cup.
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The event was significant in esports not only for the triumph of Saudi Arabia but also for other notable outcomes. South Korea, traditionally a dominant force in Overwatch, did not secure a podium finish for the first time in the history of the competition. Finland achieved its highest finish to date, and China was the runner-up for the third consecutive time.