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Overwatch League Partners With Twitch In Two-Year Broadcast Deal

Twitch to stream first two Overwatch League seasons Overwatch League Partners With Twitch In Two-Year Broadcast Deal
Derrick Tucker | 10 January, 2018, 01:35

Blizzard is officially kicking off the first season of the Overwatch League on January 10 with three different matchups between teams comprised of the top players in the world.

For the first two seasons, Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party provider for Overwatch League. Sources familiar with Blizzard's plans told ESPN the league has signed a deal with another Chinese broadcaster, but the partner was not specified and Activision Blizzard did not announce that on Tuesday. That deal is exclusive on joint tech-development and commercialization, not competition coverage.

This new update for Overwatch does more than just add the new League skins to the game, however. For those that are unaware, the Overwatch League is an official Blizzard esports competitive league that starts tomorrow and goes well into the summer.

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 profits earned from these special skins sales-technically, $5 per skin-directly provide monetary support to both the teams and the developers. The core addition of the patch is an entirely new menu accessed via the Overwatch League button on the main screen.

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Talking about the deal, Twitch COO Kevin Lin said: "The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams". 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.

"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. "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".

The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July.

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