Twitch deal for Overwatch league earns Blizzard $90 million

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In fact, the Overwatch League Twitch channel broke the record for most concurrent viewers, surpassing Tyler1's 370 thousand viewers, which he himself set just a few days prior, in his return to streaming League of Legends.

Blizzard has deployed a new patch to Overwatch, but this isn't your usual bug fixes and balance tweaks (although those are there too). There is no confirmation that the League will be livestreamed to Twitch at present because of complicated deals with sponsorship, but it is likely we will see a Twitch stream of the season when it all gets underway. The GRTV team are in LA reporting on the event, and during their adventures, they captured press conference footage of five of the six teams involved in the first day's action.

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With the first season of the professional gaming Overwatch League starting on Wednesday, Blizzard has released new skins into the game for players to show support for their favorite team (or teams). Matches will bep layed each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday AEDT - so be sure to check out the official site for full schedule info.

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League features the best teams in the world. That's a lot of Overwatch for a game that is still in its infancy when compared to eSports' biggest hitters, but it's clear that Blizzard has a lot of faith in its FPS justifying the investment.

The Overwatch League is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. London Spitfire's team, for example, is owned by esports powerhouse Cloud9 and all the players are South Korean. A new in-game currency, called the League Token, is being introduced, which lets players buy a themed outfit for one of their characters.

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The matches were: San Francisco Shock vs Los Angeles Valiant, Shanghai Dragons vs Los Angeles Gladiators, and Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty. The final match will pit the Dallas Fuel against the Seoul Dynasty at 8 p.m.

A number of changes have been made to Overwatch's visual presentation in order to make it easier to follow for the viewer.

Simply put, getting more than one team skin will require players to pay up for them. However, the matches taking place in China will not be broadcast through Twitch.

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