It's not exactly a new thing, but Blizzard has revealed the return of the Overwatch World Cup for this year, including details about how to qualify.
Between now and the end of Season 9 of competitive play, ending on April 28, Blizzard is tracking the average skill rating of every country's top 150 players, with each country's progress being available on the Overwatch World Cup website. At the end of this period, the top 20 countries will be invited to compete at the competition. This year though the four group stage host countries are France, South Korea, Thailand, and the USA, which will automatically qualify, meaning there are 24 teams in total.
"This year, we are changing how qualified countries' National Competition Committees are formed," Blizzard adds. "Each will be comprised of three people: a GM, a coach, and a community lead. Members will be compensated for their time and effort, along with travel and accommodations required to support their teams during the Group Stages and Finals. These committees will be built via the following process, across Phase 1 (May 1-14) and Phase 2 (May 17-29)."
GMs are selected by Blizzard as part of this process, although applications will be accepted, whereas for coaches "any player with an account in good standing may apply for their national team's coach position. Candidates will be provided with a custom URL to share, which will allow the top 150 players (by SR) from the candidate's country of residence to endorse one candidate." After that Blizzard will reveal the top three candidates per country and hold a second vote.
For Community Lead, however, this will follow the same process, although the voting is open to the whole country's player base, with players able to vote for multiple leads. Then a second phase is again launched, revealing the top 10 candidates, allowing players to cast a final vote, with full committees revealed on May 31.
Committees will hold tryouts from June 1 through to July 5, at which point players (including those from the Overwatch League) can compete for a spot on their country's team before rosters are submitted, the window for this being June 15 to July 5. Teams can have up to 12 players.
Is the Overwatch World Cup one of your favourite Overwatch competitions?