Twitch Gets Exclusive Rights to the Overwatch League

Posted January 10, 2018

The tab will also include the new Overwatch League skins.

It's no secret that Twitch is the premium place to watch video games live on the internet. Overwatch publisher Activision-Blizzard's in-house platform MLG.tv will show half of the regular-season contests, but the dominant share of the audience will come via Twitch, which will stream in Korean, English and French everywhere except China.

The first round of matches will start tomorrow, and Twitch has secured exclusive media rights for the first two Overwatch League seasons. These also feature the various logos for the different Overwatch League teams, so think of them as jerseys for your favorite heroes. Exactly what time they'll go live on January 10 remains to be seen, but we'll make sure we update this post as soon as we spot them go live. The profits earned from these special skins sales-technically, $5 per skin-directly provide monetary support to both the teams and the developers. Users can not get these skins or the in-game currency via loot boxes, seasonal events, or by spending their gold coins.

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In addition, the new Tokens system will also be going live, and new skins will cost 100 Tokens to buy. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality.

"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Twitch chief operating officer Kevin Lin said in a press release.

"We wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond", said Armin Zerza, COO of Blizzard Entertainment.

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Fifty percent of revenue from the Overwatch League skins will go to a shared pot for the teams. According to the official announcement, exclusive cheermotes and other in-game items will be available to Twitch users thanks to the partnership.

The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. The venue was custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events and is housing all matches while local franchises get their own venues prepped for eSports.

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