For this year’s Overwatch World Cup, Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) made the decision to only provide “full support for round-trip airfares, ground transportation, and double-occupancy hotel accommodations,” for the top 10 teams in the league.
All other countries in the competition are responsible for their own travel, food, and incidental expenditures, though they will receive some support for hotels.
The 10 teams receiving full support are: South Korea, Canada, China, France, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Russia, and Finland.
Of the 46 Overwatch teams, 13 have officially dropped out of the Overwatch World Cup. Eight of them—Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, and Switzerland—directly cited a lack of funding as the cause. Several others, such as Brazil, Egypt, and Israel, gave no reason for dropping out, but funding is almost certainly a contributing factor.