Twitch Buys Exclusive Overwatch League Streaming Rights for a Reported $90 Million

Twitch signs exclusive broadcast deal for Blizzard’s Overwatch League for a reported $90m

Twitch signs exclusive broadcast deal for Blizzard’s Overwatch League for a reported $90m

Each have unique colors and representing a city. The very first match sees San Francisco Shock take on Los Angeles Valiant in a match that most certainly won't be watching, because I will be very, very fast asleep.

Blizzard World could be coming to Overwatch "before the end of this month".

It expands on an agreement between Twitch and Blizzard signed previous year that gave the streaming service rights to esports tournaments for games such as Starcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. This time the league will be broadcasted exclusively by Twitch. "Given Overwatch's consistent reign as a top-viewed game by our community, we look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride". An ESPN report cited a source as saying Overwatch had signed with another Chinese broadcaster, though the partner was not specified. Next, there will be Playoffs and Grand Finals. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For the full schedule you can visit Overwatchleague.com, and under Schedule, you can find all the latest updates about on-going and upcoming matches. All players who log in between now and February 13, 2018, will receive enough League Tokens to obtain a team uniform of their choice free. Players can now also show their support by rocking the team skin for their favourite character.


"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", Twitch COO Kevin Lin said. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard-Nasdaq: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. Although details of "insider content", have been kept quite quiet for now, Twitch has said it will be looking to reward the biggest fans with certain items, cheering emotes and more.

Blizzard is desperate to turn the Overwatch League into esport's next big thing, and they will do anything to get there.

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