Twitch Deal Costing £66 Million For Overwatch League Rights

Alyssa Bailey
January 15, 2018

The teams met in combat for the first time during the pre-season from December 6th to 9th. The Los Angeles valiant beat out the San Francisco Shock 4-0.

Overwatch players won't be left twiddling their thumbs, either.

On January 10th, Blizzard finally began the Overwatch League.

The Overwatch League teamed up with HP and Intel to bring the season to the fans.

"Overwatch League has peaked over 415k viewers".

Overwatch League skins can be found, unsurprisingly, in the Overwatch League tab in-game.

The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. "To regularly go with friends or family to a place and watch your team live is a new frontier for esports, and I think it's really exciting". People from all over the globe can now watch the matches between their favorite teams as they unfold from Twitch. 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. This means that when games are going on, instead of opening a separate app or firing up your PC / mobile device, you can just select the "Overwatch League" option from the main menu.

Overwatch League: Twitch snaps up broadcast rights

To buy the new skins, a new currency has been added to the game called League Tokens which can be bought via microtransactions.

The inaugural season of Activision Blizzard's (ATVI) Overwatch League kicked off on Wednesday, heralding a new era in eSports. Blizzard is attempting to launch the world of Esports into the public view with their massively popular game and this might just be the game to show the world. 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.

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But Blizzard's push to publicize the Overwatch League would be futile if the matches themselves weren't up to scratch.

Then there's the risk of Overwatch overkill.

According to the report, the deal between Twitch and Blizzard only happened recently, at essentially the last minute. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect.

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