Twitch Deal Costing £66 Million For Overwatch League Rights

Twitch Deal Costing £66 Million For Overwatch League Rights

But the Overwatch League is clearly one of its biggest investments - if not the biggest investment - by the company to date. With team names such as Los Angeles Valiant, Shanghai Dragons and London Spitfire, even those with zero knowledge of the players in each team can pick their favorites based on the cities they represent.

It's East vs West in the battle of the best Overwatch players as Day 1 comes to a close. In the first season, the league features 12 city-based teams split into two divisions.

This week developer Blizzard is pushing hard to make Overwatch a serious esport. Blizzard has put a lot of effort into promoting the inaugural season of the league.

First game of Overwatch League starts at 7 PM Eastern with the San Francisco Shock taking on the Los Angeles Valiant. With the league focused on just this one game, Overwatch oversaturation is real a possibility. If a player is doing particularly well, or the commentary is focusing on them, the camera sticks on them until a major play takes place.

The first season of the Overwatch League will run from today until June, with playoffs and finals happening the following month in July. Debut seasons will be live on Twitch. For the full schedule you can visit Overwatchleague.com, and under Schedule, you can find all the latest updates about on-going and upcoming matches.

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The Overwatch community also will have new ways to join in the fun around the league.

Other team owners in the 12-team league include the Kraft Group, which also owns the NFL's New England Patriots, Comcast Spectacor, the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Jeff Wilpon, the son of New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon. All players who log in between now and February 13, 2018, will receive enough League Tokens to obtain a team uniform of their choice free.

Yes there has been some criticism around the so-called global league being very focused on the United States and teams not having seemingly a lot to do with each region, i.e. London Spitfire fields an all-Korean roster of players (which, let's face it, isn't unlike football and its focus on worldwide players regardless of club). Players will compete for $3.5 million in performance bonuses. New team skins plus a host of new updates have been released, as indicated in the "Overwatch" patch notes for January 10. In response to the query, the game director said, "Blizzard World and the new loot box items release early this year".

© 2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

But Blizzard's push to publicize the Overwatch League would be futile if the matches themselves weren't up to scratch.

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