Twitch Buys Exclusive Overwatch League Streaming Rights for a Reported $90 Million
10 January 2018, 11:09 | Jodi Jackson
Overwatch – New Patch Introduces League Team Skins
For now, the only thing sure is that the Overwatch League will start tonight, and fans will be able to see the transmission from Twitch, MLG.com, OverwatchLeague.com, in the OverwatchLeague application for smart devices and in the tab available in the title menu.
The twelve Overwatch League skin variants.
Twelve city-based teams based around the world will duke it out over four, five-week periods between January and June that comprise the regular season.
Twitch will broadcast the competition from the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles for two years in a deal believed to be worth at least $90 million (£66.6 million), according to Sports Business Daily. "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 favourite plays, but also hometown pride".
This much was revealed in an Overwatch forum post, as Kaplan replied to a user who had been wondering exactly when they should expect the game's new Blizzard World map and its skins to go live. Each League skin costs 100 of these Tokens, a $5 value.
Money from the purchases will go toward supporting each team however, rather than going directly to Blizzard.
The first matchup is San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Valiant.
Twitch will stream all regular season and postseason contests and serve as the sole broadcaster for half of the league's 12 weekly matches, while the others will be simultaneously streamed on Major League Gaming, the platform owned by Overwatch publisher Activision-Blizzard. Teams of six compete in three primary modes: assault, escort and hybrid.
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