Twitch in last-minute deal with Overwatch

Delia Watkins
January 10, 2018

In July, Activision Blizzard announced an e-sports league for the game that it hopes could eventually prove more lucrative than the UK's football Premier League. 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. Clicking on these buttons takes you to a submenu where you can purchase team skins for all of the game's 26 characters. If for some reason you felt inclined to buy every single one of these new skins, it would cost you just shy of $1,200. While you can still watch the games directly on Blizzard's Overwatch website, the decision to make the broadcasts available on Twitch will surely maximize the number of viewers and their enjoyment.

Speaking in a press release, Blizzard COO Armin Zera said that the new partnership is a way for fans to stay connected with the Overwatch League brand over the coming years. Watch live or dive into the action later with on-demand videos.

Today the Overwatch League™ and Twitch have finally announced a media-rights partnership for Overwatch, which will see every match of the city-based league broadcast on the platform.

This will definitely come in handy as the league's first match between San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Valiant will be kicking off at 02:00 am local South African time this coming Thursday, 11 January 2018, and this means that if you were so inclined, you wouldn't even have to leave the snug comfort of your bed to enjoy it.

Twitch in last-minute deal with Overwatch

The two partners are also working on finding ways to part fans from their money with different features and rewards that will give perks to fans like in-game items and exclusives, the company said.

Activision Blizzard said the deal was great "for our growing global fan base". "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 favorite plays, but hometown pride".

The news was revealed during the Overwatch League opening conference, however they've not revealed any specific time for when this new update will go live into the game.

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