Twitch Becomes Worldwide Streaming Provider For Overwatch League Matches

Angelica Greene
January 10, 2018

Twitch and Overwatch League officials declined comment. If you simply go to overwatchleague.com, you'll find an embedded Twitch livestream of all the live matches. Team-branded skins were announced a year ago on December 4.

The new menu for purchasing Overwatch League skins. In total that's a whopping 312 skins to start the season. For those that wanted to unlock all of the skins available, that's going to cost you 100 bucks of IRL cash.

The Overwatch League menu has been added to the menu screen
The Overwatch League menu has been added to the menu screen

For those wondering, that's a new skin for all 26 Overwatch heroes for each of the 12 Overwatch League teams. It's an exciting time for esports, as Blizzard vies to prove that city-based teams that are constructed similar to physical sports are just as viable for the future of esports. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality. Although the company's announcement has come down to the wire, Blizzard has finally revealed that Twitch will be the exclusive third-party streaming partner of the professional eSports league for the game. Details on these in-game rewards or how to claim them are still being worked on, but Blizzard will announce more when they're ready. "That's why this historic and ground-breaking partnership is perfectly suited for Activision Blizzard, for Twitch, and-most importantly-for our growing global fanbase".

Tomorrow is a big day for Overwatch, and esports in general. "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". After that, the playoffs and finals will happen in July, at which point your teams will take a few months off before presumably returning for the second season in January 2019. Among those, the Los Angeles Valiant announced on Tuesday that it will compete at the Microsoft Theater in LA Live starting in Season 3, which is owned by one of its investor groups, Anschutz Entertainment Group.

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