The Overwatch Contender's League is expanding next year to include Australia and New Zealand.

The Contender's League sits one step below the soon-to-launch Overwatch League, and is currently made up of regional leagues from North America and Europe.

However, next year it will embrace and rebrand other local leagues – including, notably, the Overwatch Pacific Championship – and also add a new leagues from ANZ and South America.

A total of seven regions will compete in Contender's, which kicks off in March and runs three seasons per year.

The Overwatch Open Division, which feeds players into the Contender's League, returns in January in those same seven regions.

Those who dominate the Open Division will be invited to the Contender's Trials, a tournament that will see some teams ascend from Open to the Contender's League.

The first Contender's Trials tournament for ANZ starts in February.

Contenders will not be region-locked, although online matches will be played on each region’s server.

"A core value of Overwatch esports is the building and maintenance of an ecosystem that can provide a path for players of all skill levels to grow as competitors and as teammates," said Blizzard.

More details are expected next month.