Overwatch League Gives Twitch Exclusive Broadcast Rights

If you want more than just one skin, it's going to cost you. The new partnership is a two-year deal that sees Twitch becoming the nearly-exclusive worldwide provider for the Overwatch League, including all regular season matches, playoffs, and championship matches. Today Blizzard has launched the new content alongside the new skins. However, there are 12 teams participating in the Overwatch League, meaning that there are a grand total of 312 skins. Blizzard has published a new Overwatch League app that is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. Bend time, defy physics and unleash a dizzying array of extraordinary powers and weapons in a rapid-fire team-based shooter.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Blizzard has put team skins for each of the Pacific or Atlantic aligned teams for characters into Overwatch. All players have received 100 free Overwatch League tokens, which are the game's new currency system specifically for the new skins.

The two-year deal, which will include every. single. game. of the league's first two seasons includes every geography but China (no word about who the streaming partner will be there).

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. Honours that comes with a whole lot of green to the tune of $125 000 for the winners of each of the season's four five-week long stages, with a final overall Overwatch League Champion prize of a cool $1 million.

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League is set to kick off soon - the first match is set to go live on Twitch tomorrow, January 10, with the rest of the season running through June. All games in the first season will be held at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, with broadcast languages in English, French, and Korean. "We look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride".

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

  • Joey Payne