Twitch Gets Exclusive Rights to the Overwatch League

Twitch Gets Exclusive Rights to the Overwatch League

Future seasons of the league, although now not specified as to when, will move to arenas in the home cities of each team.

Team skins for Overwatch League teams are now available to buy in-game.

With Overwatch League kicking off its first ever season, Game director Jeff Kaplan recently teased that League-themed skins would be added to Overwatch.

Twitch's broadcast deal with Blizzard is a multi-year pact that covers the Overwatch League's first two seasons.

Blizzard revealed that skins will also be available to purchase in bundles, however, they've not shared anymore information on what they will cost for the time being. Exactly what time they'll go live on January 10 remains to be seen, but we'll make sure we update this post as soon as we spot them go live.

Blizzard has no current plans to add Overwatch League skins to the game's loot boxes.

Anyone hoping to get their hands on a League skin for their favorite team and character will be able to do so without actually buying any League tokens.




Aside from China, the new agreement provides exclusive worldwide coverage of all of the first two seasons of Overwatch League.

Talking about the deal, Twitch COO Kevin Lin said: "The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams".

The deal will also feature a number of in-game item exclusives and rewards for fans using the Twitch platform. Activision Blizzard stated it will announce more details around these in-game rewards in the future.

Speaking in a press release, Blizzard COO Armin Zera said that the new partnership is a way for fans to stay connected with the Overwatch League brand over the coming years.

The Overwatch League officially starts tomorrow with LA Valiants facing off against San Franciso Shock. Seasonal play will run until June, and playoffs will begin in July.

For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events.

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