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Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Twitch in last-minute deal with Overwatch

Twitch in last-minute deal with Overwatch

Like all the other Overwatch events we've seen over the years, the Overwatch League will have skins, allowing spectators to distinguish between one team from another.

It's no secret that Twitch is the premium place to watch video games live on the internet. In total that's a whopping 312 skins to start the season.

See the team skins for all 12 city-based franchises. The company will be giving each Overwatch player enough tokens for one free league skin. 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.

However, the money you pay won't be going to Blizzard, but instead will be used to fund the actual teams. San Francisco Shock will take on Los Angeles Valiant at 7pm ET on January 10, followed by Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators at 9pm ET and Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty at 11pm ET. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality.

"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, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment.

Missing from the deal is China, home to the biggest e-sports viewing audience, and Mr Harding-Rolls predicted there would be a separate announcement about media partnerships in this country.

"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".

The $90M figure may not include other aspects of the Twitch-Blizzard relationship not attributable to the Overwatch League, sources said. Twelve teams, comprising of professional Overwatch players from all across the world, will compete for the first Overwatch League championship title, where finals will be held in July 2018. All games in the first season will be held at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, with broadcast languages in English, French, and Korean. The full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at https://overwatchleague.com/ or you can look at the listings down here.

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