Blizzard’s Overwatch has to be no doubt one of the biggest games of 2016. Near the end of the year they tentatively gave a world cup a go. Competitors hailing from more than 50 countries, including Australia, clashed in online regional qualifiers, and a global audience watched as South Korea became the world champions. Admittedly it didn’t have the structure to compete with DOTA and LoL but this year they’re stepping things up.
The competition is currently in it’s national placement stage. If you play competitive mode you have the direct ability to change your countries placement. The SR of the top 100 players in your country affect its ranking, and only the top 32 countries will make it into the World Cup. At the moment New Zealand is placed 33rd with an SR of 3793. This is ten below the United Arab Emirates. So if a couple of our top 100 guys would hurry up and get a jiggle on we might have a chance! The countdown is on and there are less than 25 days more to go. You can check our rankings here.
As a bit of fun I decided to get the top 33 teams and break down their skill rating by population size. We’re the smallest country on the last by a million people or so. But that doesn’t give us a good excuse. Finland and Norway are barely bigger than us and they still outrank us by miles. However, New Zealand is like an ant, everything an ant does is amazing in comparison of size. If we were just as good at this one thing we’re mediocre at proportionally, then we’d be amazing. It’s just a trick of finding the right stat to put us on top.
If you split the numbers by SR per million, we’re at the top with a skill rating of 793.33. China, who’s ranked second in the world would have a rating of 3.28 per head of capita.
|rank||Country||Skill Rating||Population||SR per Million|
|32||United Arab Emirates||3803||9,856,000||385.86|
This only all works of course if you snip it at the top 33. Iceland, ranked 48th with its SR of 3541 and population of 338,450 has an SR of 10,462.40 per million. Impossible I know, but it’s fun to play with bad maths and then break it.
Back to what matters though, unless New Zealand gets its Skill Rating up 10 points in the next month, we’re screwed no matter what our population size is.