9:15am PT by Patrick Shanley
Overwatch League to Stream on Twitch for Inaugural Season
The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will be available to stream worldwide on social video service Twitch. The media rights partnership was announced Tuesday morning, one day ahead of the launch of the Overwatch League's first season on Twitch.tv/overwatchleague.
The Overwatch League, which sports financial backers such as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Sacramento Kings co-owner Andy Miller, was announced last November as a competitive league for Blizzard's first-person shooter Overwatch. The league features 12 teams representing major cities in Asia, Europe and North America. Overwatch, originally released in 2016, boasts over 30 million players globally.
The new, two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league’s first two seasons, makes Twitch the exclusive worldwide third-party digital provider for Overwatch League's regular season, playoffs and championship matches, with streams in English, Korean and French. Streamers in China, however, will not be able to view the matches via Twitch.
The Overwatch League and Twitch also announced rewards for fans who tune in to the League's games, bestowing steadfast viewers with in-game items tied to the Overwatch League.
The League's first season will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. All games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, which was formerly the home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
Fans can purchase tickets to attend live matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at OverwatchLeague.com.