Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

The Overwatch League will be broadcast on Twitch

The Overwatch League will be broadcast on Twitch

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). If you want to take a look at all the skins yourself, YouTube channel Overwatch XL has uploaded a handy video showcasing them all. 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.

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. Blizzard has given each player 100 League Tokens for free to unlock one skin, but the rest are available to purchase using real-world cash.

However, the money you pay won't be going to Blizzard, but instead will be used to fund the actual teams.

The Overwatch League and Twitch are also developing innovative rewards and other programs for fans, which will bestow the league's most steadfast viewers with unique Overwatch League in-game items with exclusives.

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The agreement names Twitch as the exclusive third-party digital provider for OWL regular season, playoff and championship matches worldwide, excluding China, for the next two years. Preseason games streamed on the Overwatch League homepage and MLG.com, but the question has always been whether Blizzard and Twitch would settle on a streaming deal in time for the start of the League. 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. The two-year period will include the league's first two seasons.

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.

A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found here, and all matches can be viewed live here.

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