Overwatch Contenders Australia, the first semi-professional league for Overwatch in the region, kicks off today.

The Contender's League sits one step below the Overwatch League, and features seven regions and three seasons this year.

Competitors will vie for bragging rights, the opportunity to be noticed by Overwatch League teams around the globe, and a share in more than US$150,000 of prize money.

The 12 teams participating in Australia are:

Alter Ego
Blank Blue
JAM Gaming
Kanga Esports
Legacy Esports
Masterminds GC
NOC Predators
Sydney Drop Bears
Tainted Minds

Visit the AUS team tab on the Overwatch Contenders website for the most up to date list and rosters.

The first match of the season takes place today, with Blank Blue taking on Kanga Esports from 2:00pm AEDT/4:00pm NZT.

All Contenders Australia games will be broadcast on Twitch, with commentary provided by casters Ben “Sandman” Green and Jordan “Elfishguy” Mays.

For the full schedule, visit the AUS schedule tab on the official Overwatch Contenders site.