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15 January 2018, 01:45 | Denise Dawson
Report: Twitch Signs Two-Year Deal With Overwatch League Worth at Least £66 Million
Overwatch League has different teams associated with different esports clubs. And over time that promise turned from a feeling of anticipation to apathy. For the first season, 12 franchises are representing major cities in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Blizzard has deployed a new patch to Overwatch, but this isn't your usual bug fixes and balance tweaks (although those are there too). It's professional without being sterile - commentators MonteCristo and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist inject a ton of personality into proceedings, making it nearly as enjoyable to listen to as it is to watch.
In a span of two days, Blizzard landed the ideal first impression for the world to see. Twitch knows this, and that's why it purportedly paid as much as $90 million for the rights to broadcast the upcoming Overwatch League games exclusively on its platform.
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is a roughly 450-seat, 50,000-square-foot, three-studio facility housed in the Burbank Studios, former home of "The Tonight Show". While video games are extremely popular and millions watch gaming online, it has thus far not drawn the attention from networks and advertisers that traditional live sports has.
At the end of it all, the Overwatch League Championship will be decided and the winning team will be granted a Dollars $1 million bonus. The only territory that the game isn't being exclusively broadcast on Twitch is in China. Blizzard's acclaimed shooter is a relatively young game compared to others in the eSports arena, and Blizzard already sponsors the Overwatch World Cup (which pits countries against each other) while third parties are running their own Overwatch events.
Simply put, getting more than one team skin will require players to pay up for them.
It's East vs West in the battle of the best Overwatch players as Day 1 comes to a close.
Both Los Angeles teams ran riot in their respective matches, and watching fans may have been getting a bit anxious that we would go the entire first day without seeing an actual competitive match.
Storylines. Fans. Personalities. Big-time games at the highest skill level. Combine the two and you have a recipe for success, and that's what happened yesterday. Blizzard could be on to something big here, and with the right level of hype, it could take competition to another level.
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