Twitch announces exclusive Overwatch League livestreaming deal

10 January, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Overwatch Update Adds 312 League Skins

What Overwatch League team will you be rooting for in the upcoming season?

These home team skins - which are the more colourful ones - will be available for purchase ahead of the Overwatch League. Twitch will show every regular-season and postseason contest for OWL, which starts play tomorrow night, and develop reward programs and new virtual merchandise for viewers.

The first match of the inaugural Overwatch League season will pit the San Francisco Shock against the Los Angeles Valiant at 4 pm PT on January 10.

With just one day remaining before the Overwatch League is scheduled to kick off, Twitch has announced that it will carry livestreams of all of the league's matches as the "exclusive worldwide third-party provider" in all regions outside of China. These also feature the various logos for the different Overwatch League teams, so think of them as jerseys for your favorite heroes.

Fans of professional Overwatch have been eagerly anticipating a seamless Overwatch League viewing experience.

Aside from the hundreds of new skins added to Overwatch, a slew of minor bugfixes have been pushed to the game. Sure enough, the team skins are now in the live game. According to the official announcement, exclusive cheermotes and other in-game items will be available to Twitch users thanks to the partnership.

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"Our fans love to engage with content on Twitch, and we wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond", said Armin Zerza, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, in a statement.

"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Twitch chief operating officer Kevin Lin said in a press release.

The deal is not a surprise considering that Twitch and Blizzard have a long history of collaborating for esports events.

Fifty percent of revenue from the Overwatch League skins will go to a shared pot for the teams.

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

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