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OMEN by HP Teams Up with Blizzard Entertainment to Become the Official PC of the Overwatch® World Cup

HP proves its commitment to competitive gaming with its first sponsorship of a major esports event

June 6, 2017

PALO ALTO, CA, June 6, 2017 – OMEN by HP has been named the Official PC Partner of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch® World Cup for 2017, with its OMEN X Desktop PCs powering the gameplay for all of the global tournament’s live events - including the Overwatch World Cup finals at Blizzard’s BlizzCon® 2017 gaming convention.

Inspired by the increasing role of competition in the modern gaming lifestyle, the OMEN by HP line is built for today’s gaming community. OMEN by HP is bringing gamers a completely new portfolio of products this summer, leveraging customer insights from the gaming community, to give esports athletes and competitive gamers an edge. Along with reinventing the OMEN portfolio, working with Blizzard Entertainment demonstrates HP’s focus on the growth of esports globally. The OMEN PCs, displays and accessories are engineered to optimize competitive gaming and thus, HP is making investments in the community with its first sponsorship of a major esports event.

“With the launch of an entirely new, cutting-edge and comprehensive portfolio of OMEN by HP gaming products, HP is celebrating the competitive spirit that burns inside all gamers,”said Alex Craddock, global head of marketing, personal systems at HP. “We’re excited to be working with Blizzard Entertainment by helping power the gameplay behind the Overwatch World Cup. HP is dedicating itself to helping grow esports by investing in the athletes of the future and our partnership with Blizzard Entertainment is a big step in pursuing that goal.”

“In addition to being a showcase for some of the top players in the world, the Overwatch World Cup represents the global spirit at the heart of Overwatch,” said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment’s MLG division. “ We’re pleased to have HP’s help in supporting this friendly—and fierce—international competition.”

The Overwatch World Cup is a global, community-driven competition in which viewer-selected committees from the 32 eligible nations assemble the Overwatch teams that will represent their countries. Starting this summer, the national teams will battle at four live events—taking place in Australia, China, Poland, and the U.S.—with the top eight moving on to compete for ultimate national pride in the live finals at BlizzCon this November in Anaheim, California. Visit to learn more.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-one #1 games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

Media Contacts

Conor Driscoll
HP Inc.
Rob Hilburger
Blizzard Entertainment