Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Twitch deal for Overwatch league earns Blizzard $90 million

Twitch deal for Overwatch league earns Blizzard $90 million

With just one day remaining before the Overwatch League is scheduled to kick off, Twitch has announced that it will carry livestreams of all of the league's matches as the "exclusive worldwide third-party provider" in all regions outside of China.

The Overwatch League is off to a huge start at the beginning of the year. Preseason matches were broadcast exclusively on MLG-which has not offered any viewership statistics-but the regular season matches that begin tomorrow will be the first to stream on Twitch. The first match will be between San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Valiant. "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". An ESPN report cited a source as saying Overwatch had signed with another Chinese broadcaster, though the partner was not specified. Playoffs and the grand finals will follow in the latter half of 2018. For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events.

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Report: Twitch Paid $90 Million To Broadcast The Overwatch League

VentureBeat recently tweeted out that the popular broadcasting channel actually paid some big bucks in order to become the exclusive home of Overwatch League. In fact, Overwatch is giving users who log into the game one free team skin for the character of their choice until January 19. You can show your support to your favorite teams by rocking their skins in the game.

In a press release, Overwatch League described the deal as "historic", saying that it ensured "that every match of the world's first major global city-based esports league will be readily available to fans across the globe". For accurate schedule visit the official site for more details.

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