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Blizzard and Twitch announce Overwatch League media partnership

Blizzard and Twitch announce Overwatch League media partnership

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. What's cool is that Blizzard is letting players of the game purchase skins for their favorite teams, so they can represent them online.

"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.

Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Aside from China, the new agreement provides exclusive worldwide coverage of all of the first two seasons of 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. 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. Weekly schedules are displayed in the new Overwatch League tab in-game.

It's the opening week of Overwatch League-the first matches start tomorrow on Twitch-and as such Blizzard has added team skins for every character.




Fans can watch the games live by buying tickets for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday matches.

Twitch will also be working with Blizzard to bring new rewards to Overwatch League viewers in the form of exclusive in-game items and Cheermotes which will be announced when they are available. In annual terms, the deal is comparable to the seven-year, $300M deal struck in late '16 by League of Legends publisher Riot Games with BAMTech. The Overwatch League in-game menu isn't just for staring at the shiny new skins - players can watch the games via this menu when they're live.

As one of the most recognized personalities within the esports scene, Chris Puckett has solidified himself as a major talent within the industry since his inception to the community in the early 2000's.

The Overwatch League's first season is broken up into four stages, with the first one beginning on January 10, and going on till February 10.

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