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Series: Overwatch league
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Format: Regular season and playoffs
Date: 02/14/2019 – 07/31/2019

The second season of the Overwatch League starts on February 14, 2019. Teams will play in the regular season with fewer matches, All-Star, and the playoff stage. This was disclosed on the tournament website.

The group stage will still be held in four stages, but participants will play seven games instead of ten. Each segment will last for five weeks. The schedule will be composed in such a way that the teams have weeks without matches. During them, teams are offered to travel to the cities that they represent.

Blizzard expanded the intermediate playoff after each stage of the group stage. In such tournaments
eight teams will participate instead of four. They will be distributed in a single-elimination grid. Compositions will only fight for additional prizes: the results will not affect the regular season and the main stage of the game for the exception.

All-Star will take place not right after the season, but between the second and third stages of the group stage. The organizers will extend the break so that the participants will have time to rest after the demonstration matches.

Participants of the second season of the Overwatch League:

  • Atlanta Reign
  • Boston Uprising
  • Chengdu Hunters
  • Dallas Fuel
  • Florida Mayhem
  • Guangzhou Charge
  • Hangzhou Spark
  • Houston Outlaws
  • London Spitfire
  • Los Angeles Gladiators
  • Los Angeles Valiant
  • New York Excelsior
  • Paris Eternal
  • Philadelphia Fusion
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Seoul Dynasty
  • Shanghai Dragons
  • Toronto Defiant
  • Vancouver Titans
  • Washington Justice

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PAX South – January 18-20, 2019, San Antonio, USA

PAX East – March 28-31, 2019, Boston, USA

PAX West – August 31 – September 3, 2019, Washington, USA

What is PAX?

PAX is a game exhibition, which has been around since 2004. Founded by the creators of the comic book Penny Arcade, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, and is divided into several events – PAX West, PAX East, PAX South, PAX Dev, PAX Australia, which are held throughout the year in different cities and even continents.

At the Penny Arcade Expo players are waiting for new announcements, concerts, exhibitions from indie developers and major publishers, forums dedicated to the gaming industry, areas for game demonstration, as well as gaming tournaments led by the traditional “Omegaton” with valuable prizes.

The next annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) exhibition dedicated to computer and video games will be held in Seattle (USA) at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center on August 31 – September 3
Penny Arcade Expo, as we recall, has been held since 2004, and every year the number of visitors to the exhibition almost doubled. In 2006, the audience was about 37 thousand people, and last year it was visited by almost 60 thousand gamers. Last year’s Penny Arcade Expo was sponsored by many well-known companies, including Microsoft, Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and others.
Visitors to the Penny Arcade Expo, as a rule, have the opportunity to take part in numerous gaming tournaments, to visit the exhibition stands of well-known companies, to participate in various competitions and listen to speeches from representatives of the gaming business. The event often hosts music concerts as well.
PAX entrance tickets can be ordered now through the official website of the exhibition. A ticket for all three days will cost you around $ 70. Visitors who bought pre-order tickets will be able to participate in the traditional PAX Omegathon competition, the winners of which will be able to go to the world’s largest gaming exhibition: the Tokyo Game Show.

Date: July 18-21, 2019, San Diego, USA

What is Comic-Con?

The culmination of all pop culture is the Comic-Con festival in San Diego, which takes place every year in July. Thousands of fans in costumes from their favorite characters in films, anime, games, and books visit California, where they can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of comics, TV series, motion pictures and video games for four days. For those who never picked up a comic book before, Comic-Con may seem like a strange event. So what is Comic-Con? If we look at the very first Comic-Con, which was held in 1964 in New York, it was the meeting place for all the comic book fans. Artists, screenwriters, animators came to the convention to chat with fans, go for a walk at the parties and meet like-minded people. Soon the Comic-Con community began to grow with the growth of pop culture. Now, not only fans of comic books gather there, but also movie fans, fans of video games, cartoons, and TV shows. They go to events where different celebrities perform, buy various goods with their favorite characters, communicate with each other and much more.

How many people come to Comic-Con in San Diego every year?

About 120 thousand. Moreover, this number is growing. Besides, Comic-Con is not only in San Diego, although it is the most popular venue. Fans meet in both New York and Seattle. Comic-Con has become so famous that now they are present in almost every major city – but their size is, of course, smaller than in San Diego.

Can I dress up in the costume of my favorite character?

Yes! Dresses are cosplay, that is, people dress and even put on make-up to be as similar as possible to their heroes. However, this is not necessary.

How much do the ticket cost?

Tickets range from $40, but it is very difficult to buy them. Since there are many volunteers, all the tickets are sold out in a matter of seconds after the start of the sales, alo the majority of buyers are resellers. These tickets are then sold on eBay or Amazon for thousands of dollars.

Why are these conventions so popular?

Mainly due to the growing popularity of geek culture. Recently, there are more and more people who are fans of Star Wars, movies about the Avengers, TV shows like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. They can dream for at least a few days (and the Comic-Con in San Diego is four days) to be surrounded by the same enthusiastic people.

Besides, celebrities always come to Comic-Con in San Diego. They present new films, communicate with fans, give out autographs. Comic-Con is also a platform for announcements and the presentation of new trailers (commercials). It is the guests of Comic-Con who are the first to know exclusive information about films and TV shows. For this exclusivity, many are willing to pay any amount of money.