Welcome to Season 36 of Competitive Play

Welcome to the final competitive season before Overwatch 2!

Season 36 of Competitive Play is here!

Unlocked at level 25, Competitive Play is designed for those players who want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than our Quick Play or Arcade Modes.


Before you can kick off your competitive career, every player will be required to complete five placement matches in a selected role to obtain their seasonal skill rating for that role. Within the standard Role Queue competitive mode, players will earn separate skill ratings (SR) for each role in Competitive Play, for a total of three distinct SRs. This rating will be a number between 1 and 5000, with higher values indicating a greater skill level. Players will also be assigned a tier per role based on their rating—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, or Grandmaster – and climbing into the next tier is possible as you improve. Open Queue will utilize the same rating and tier system, but since there is no Role Queue system, you will have a separate, single SR reflective of your performance across all heroes within this game mode.

Skill ratings and tier icons will be visible at the beginning of every match. As you compete, your selected role or Open Queue skill rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players in the match.

A detailed breakdown of the skill tiers, along with icons and information about the corresponding skill ratings can be found by pressing the “Information” button under the Competitive Play menu.


In addition to experiencing the thrill of victory, players can also unlock unique rewards through Competitive Play. Anyone who completes their placement matches in any role or Open Queue during a Competitive Season will receive a special spray and player icon.

On top of that, as you complete competitive matches, you’ll earn a currency called Competitive Points. When the season concludes, you’ll also receive a number of Competitive Points based on the highest Skill Tier you obtained during the season per role to spend on golden versions of your favorite heroes’ weapons. This also applies to your highest Skill Tier reached within the Open Queue.

Here’s the Skill Rating (SR) to Competitive Point (CP) breakdown:

Per Role Open Queue Max Total
Bronze 25 65 140
Silver 50 125 275
Gold 100 250 550
Platinum 200 500 1100
Diamond 300 750 1650
Master 450 1200 2550
Grandmaster 650 1750 3700


The best of the best players compete across five separate Top 500 Leaderboards. Within Role Queue, one for each role, along with an additional combined average leaderboard. The combined Role Queue Top 500 Leaderboard will be based on the player’s average skill rating across all three roles. To be eligible for a role-specific leaderboard, players must complete at least 25 games in that role. To qualify for the combined Top 500 Leaderboard, players must be eligible for all three role-specific leaderboards. Open Queue will have its own Leaderboard that will require at least 50 games played within the game mode for qualification. At the end of the season, players who earn a spot within the Top 500 players for any of these leaderboards on their platform and region will receive an additional player icon and animated spray.

Season 36 is live RIGHT NOW on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so power up your favorite gaming machine and join the fight. We’ll see you in-game!

As a reminder, this is the last season of Competitive Play for Overwatch and this will be a shorter season than usual. We will have an upcoming blog post with details about Competitive 2.0 when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th. Good luck and have fun.


I knew it was about competitive 2.0, your last post made it sound like the details would be revealed today though so some miscommunication there, thanks for the clarification tho


Apologies about that. No, I only meant to detail this final Competitive season for Overwatch. However, I will note we have multiple Overwatch 2 updates between now and the launch overall. Be sure to keep a look out for them on our website and social channels, including our new TikTok channel that we launched today.


How is this different from a normal competitive season, besides the shorter duration?

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Are you able to confirm whether Competitive 2.0 will come out on October 4th? Or will we just be getting details about it that day?

Top 500 sooner? Or it is at the same time like previous seasons?

Sounds like we’ll be getting details about it this month and it may be active on launch which is pretty cool, even if it’s a couple weeks after I’m petty psyched about that

Any news on official console mouse and keyboard support please Craig?

Overwatch 2 is just a month off from release you know?

I think you guys should start giving out some info and details about the shop, new hero, and anything else really that you have ready for October 4th.

as always: No Luck No Fun

placement matches are useless anyway and total time waste.

Since it places you in you previous rank anyway(regardless if you did good or not)…

and lets not talk about the smurfs.

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My brother in christ I warned you about getting your hopes up…

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Yeah I know, but it’s more of a “trying to show how things could be obviously better”.

But on the devil’s advocate side of things. Maybe it’s best we don’t get any returning players until OW2 launch. That way they don’t look at OW1 balance/queue times and get really upset with Overwatch generally.

I’m already disappointed, since I’ve had to wait over 5 minutes and didn’t even get placed in a match and am not sure I care to stay in queue for a match that takes only a small fraction longer than it took to end up in it. Sure, I’m Bronze, but surely, the queue ought not take so bloody long. Right?

I have a question, why doesn’t it say that it requires 50 games to place in top 500 on the info for open queue. It only shows 25 matches required in a region for eligibility.

Why leaderboards are not shown in the game ?