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Blizzard and Twitch announce Overwatch League media partnership

Blizzard and Twitch announce Overwatch League media partnership

Later this week, some of the best of the best in the competitive Overwatch scene will kick off the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. Total bonuses for Overwatch League teams in the first season will be $3.5 million (approximately Rs. 22 crore), with a minimum of $1 million (around Rs. 6 crore) going to the season one champion. The company will be giving each Overwatch player enough tokens for one free league skin. Fans can buy skins of their favourite teams with League Tokens. And they'll cost you.

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

These home team skins - which are the more colourful ones - will be available for purchase ahead of the Overwatch League. The same percentage of revenue from other merchandise will be added to that same revenue pool.

12 teams will take part in the Overwatch League's debut season. This in-game currency can only be used for Overwatch League skins. San Francisco Shock will take on Los Angeles Valiant at 7pm ET on January 10, followed by Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators at 9pm ET and Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty at 11pm ET.

Earlier today the Overwatch League and social video service Twitch announced a historic esports media-rights partnership for Overwatch, ensuring that every match of the world's first major global city-based esports league will be readily available to fans across the globe.

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.

Watch live or dive into the action later with on-demand videos. There is an unofficial fantasy league you can join complete with prizes and the ability to create your own personal league with friends. Every regular season, playoff, and championship match will be streamed on the platform, with commentary in your choice of English, Korean, or French. In annual terms, the deal is comparable to the seven-year, $300M deal struck in late '16 by League of Legends publisher Riot Games with BAMTech.


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