Twitch snags last-minute Overwatch League streaming deal
Twitch snags last-minute Overwatch League streaming deal
The twelve Overwatch League skin variants.
11 January, 2018, 00:44
At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard unveiled a brand new map coming to the team-based shooter Overwatch called "Blizzard World", which is a theme park inspired by the universes of other games from the publisher and developer.
A last-minute deal has been struck between the makers of video game Overwatch and streaming site Twitch a day before matches kick off in a newly created league.
It expands on an agreement between Twitch and Blizzard signed a year ago that gave the streaming service rights to esports tournaments for games such as Starcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.
The e-sports competition will feature teams from different cities around the world.
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That means for the next two years - covering seasons one and two of the league - Twitch will be the exclusive third-party host for regular-season, playoff and championship matches on its service. However, the matches taking place in China will not be broadcast through Twitch.
For now, the only thing sure is that the Overwatch League will start tonight, and fans will be able to see the transmission from Twitch, MLG.com, OverwatchLeague.com, in the Overwatch League application for smart devices and in the tab available in the title menu. "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".
"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, COO of Blizzard Entertainment.
The deal was a huge boost for Twitch, said Mr Harding-Rolls. You can peruse the Overwatch League'sschedule here. Twitch's deal does not include rights to stream to the Chinese market.
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