Overwatch League: Twitch snaps up broadcast rights

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The Overwatch League and streaming video service Twitch have signed a two-year broadcast rights deal, which means that every Overwatch League match will be broadcast on Twitch.

So fans of Blizzard’s multiplayer hero-shooter will be able to follow every moment of the inaugural season of the game’s professional league. Which will kick off on January 10 – you can follow the action here

According to the terms of the deal, Twitch will broadcast the entirety of the Overwatch League regular season, play-offs and championships matches, with streams in English, Korean and French. Twitch says it is: “Developing innovative rewards for fans, which will bestow the league’s most steadfast viewers with Overwatch League in-game items.”

Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch, said: “The Overwatch League is making a major impact on e-sports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams. 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 favourite plays, but also hometown pride.”

The inaugural Overwatch League season will take place between now and June, with all games being enacted at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. Matches will take place every WednesdayThursdayFriday and Saturday. You can peruse the Overwatch League’s schedule here.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.