Twitch announces exclusive Overwatch League livestreaming deal

Overwatch League

"The launch of the Overwatch League will provide our very best professional players the chance to inspire our engaged, connected audiences around the world".

Earning 9/10 in our original review, Overwatch is a fantastic first-person shooter with engaging mechanics and a host of charming characters. However, the matches taking place in China will not be broadcast through Twitch.

The e-sports competition will feature teams from different cities around the world.

Games broadcasting platform Twitch and publisher Blizzard have signed a last-minute deal handing the streaming service exclusive third-party rights to the Overwatch League.

According to Sports Business Journal, Twitch will broadcast all the regular season and postseason events and will develop rewards programs as well as new virtual products for viewers.

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For now, the only thing sure is that the Overwatch League will start tonight, and fans will be able to see the transmission from Twitch, MLG.com, OverwatchLeague.com, in the Overwatch League application for smart devices and in the tab available in the title menu.

The deal was a huge boost for Twitch, said Mr Harding-Rolls. "Given Overwatch's consistent reign as a top-viewed game by our community, 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". It's unclear how much of the $90 million Twitch is paying Blizzard is going towards OWL streaming, or what else would be included in the contract. The deal, announced yesterday, is believed to be the biggest exclusive distribution deal in esports history.

The Overwatch League will run, at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, until June, with play-offs and finals scheduled for July.

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