Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal

Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal

Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal

If you simply go to overwatchleague.com, you'll find an embedded Twitch livestream of all the live matches.

Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Overwatch fans have kind of gotten what they've been asking for with the release of these team skins, but it's a double edged sword that has some fans saying that the prices are too high.

Esports analyst Rod Breslau says a deal between OWL and Twitch is still expected to be done in time for the start of the League, but questions the season's potential success based on modest early viewer estimates.

See the team skins for all 12 city-based franchises. For players who log on before February 13, they'll be awarded with enough "league tokens" to get one skin for a character for free. Purchasing League Tokens supports the teams in a revenue split with Blizzard, although the details of exactly how the money is split have not been publicly revealed.

You'll be able to purchase them with a new type of currency.

The deal will also feature a number of in-game item exclusives and rewards for fans using the Twitch platform.

Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal
Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal

Unfortunately, these new skins mean I'll have to be repping my home Overwatch League team, San Francisco Shock, even with its ghastly bright orange palette. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality. Considering that skins are a big deal to many fans of the FPS, this news will be disappointing to those who were looking forward to adding to their collection.

Twitch will be the third-party provider for everything from the regular season, through the playoffs and championship games and will broadcast in English, Korean, and French.

The $90M figure may not include other aspects of the Twitch-Blizzard relationship not attributable to the Overwatch League, sources said.

The first season of the league will run from January to June with playoffs and finals slated for July.

Hometown pride won't be part of the first season of games, which will all take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, in Burbank, California.

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

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