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Twitch announces exclusive Overwatch League livestreaming deal

10 January 2018, 01:35 | Clyde Nash

Twitch announces exclusive Overwatch League livestreaming deal

Overwatch Update Adds 312 League Skins

The first round of matches will start tomorrow, and Twitch has secured exclusive media rights for the first two Overwatch League seasons.

Obtaining League skins in Overwatch isn't as simple as opening a loot box, however.

See the team skins for all 12 city-based franchises.

Twitch and Overwatch League officials declined comment.

The Overwatch League is a big bet for Blizzard/Activision, which has gone all-in to promote and support the league for its newest and fastest growing title (that fastest growing medal may be a function of the game's novelty, or a function of the incredible spread of gaming since the launch of Overwatch in 2014 and the company's last completely new game launch ... in the 1990s).

Each skin costs 100 League Tokens - the new in-game currency introduced to separate OWL purchases from the rest of the game.

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You can get these Overwatch League tokens simply by following the same steps as you would were you to purchase the skins themselves.

The Overwatch League is set to kick off on January 10th.

Aside from China, the new agreement provides exclusive worldwide coverage of all of the first two seasons of Overwatch League. Players tuning in to Twitch during live matches will also be eligible to receive various in-game items as rewards, and though we don't know what the awards might include, the Overwatch League team plans to release more information about different rewards soon. "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". Activision Blizzard stated it will announce more details around these in-game rewards in the future.

Blizzard has experimented with streaming their esports events on platforms other than Twitch, and it has nearly always been met with resistance.

Fifty percent of the revenue from the sale of Overwatch League team skins, like other team merchandise, will go into a "net shared revenue pool" for all twelve Overwatch League teams.



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