Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal
10 January, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Marie Harrington
Any Overwatch player that logs in between now and February 13 will be gifted with 100 League Tokens, which is just enough to buy one League skin.
An official Overwatch League channel has been set up on Twitch, and it will be the most comprehensive home of the Overwatch League on the internet. Aside from China, the deal secures exclusive streaming rights for Twitch, and the deal will last for both the 2018 and 2019 Overwatch League seasons.
Which is why today's announcement that the next two years of the Overwatch League (Seasons 1 and 2) will be exclusively broadcasted on Twitch is such a comfort to fans.
But the lack of clarity was also a cause for some concern among Overwatch fans, who have been left uncertain as to how they'd be able to watch the matches. The core addition of the patch is an entirely new menu accessed via the Overwatch League button on the main screen. The good news is that each character has a specific skin. It would cost $99.99 to buy all of the skins for a single team.
Obtaining League skins in Overwatch isn't as simple as opening a loot box, however. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality.
"We wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond", said Armin Zerza, COO of Blizzard Entertainment.
The Overwatch League officially starts tomorrow with LA Valiants facing off against San Franciso Shock. "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".
The deal will also feature a number of in-game item exclusives and rewards for fans using the Twitch platform.
The first season of the league will run from January to June with playoffs and finals slated for July. Blizzard Entertainment has previously done a similar rewards system for Twitch Prime customers in its card game title Hearthstone.
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