Overwatch League, Twitch Sign Multi-Year Streaming Deal

By the numbers, the entire wardrobe of skins would cost upwards of $1000, though that would really be for the most obsessive collectors and doesn't really seem to be the point of the whole thing as it's to show support for the team that you root for.

Twitch will serve as the exclusive third-party broadcast partner for the league's regular season, playoffs and championships in three different languages: English, Korean and French. Activision Blizzard, its CEO Bobby Kotick and other staffers who it hired from traditional sports recruited its ownership for the league throughout 2017.

Speaking in a press release, Blizzard COO Armin Zera said that the new partnership is a way for fans to stay connected with the Overwatch League brand over the coming years. The plan behind the new currency is to essentially perform an extra stream of income for the competitors - no details have been given regarding the currency but we know that Blizzard will be taking a portion.

The Overwatch League is scheduled to begin on January 10. Watch live or dive into the action later with on-demand videos. Blizzard has given each player 100 League Tokens for free to unlock one skin, but the rest are available to purchase using real-world cash.

These home team skins - which are the more colourful ones - will be available for purchase ahead of the Overwatch League. After a heated preseason display, twelve professional teams from America, Britain, China and South Korea will now be going head to head for the official top honours in Blizzard's esports title.

Today the Overwatch League™ and Twitch have finally announced a media-rights partnership for Overwatch, which will see every match of the city-based league broadcast on the platform.

The release teases Overwatch League "Cheermotes" as well as additional rewards for the "biggest fans" and unique Overwatch League in-game items for the league's most "steadfast viewers".

Activision Blizzard said the deal was great "for our growing global fan base". "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". The two-year period will include the league's first two seasons.

A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found here, and all matches can be viewed live here.


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