With the very first match of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season set to go live on Twitch this Thursday, 11 January AEDT/NZDT. Which marks the beginning of a multi-year deal between the Overwatch League and Twitch to broadcast every match live, as it happens. The deal is also exclusive, and with the exception of China Twitch will be the home for all Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches.
“Our fans love to engage with content on Twitch, and we wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond,” said Armin Zerza, COO of Blizzard Entertainment. “That’s why this historic and ground-breaking partnership is perfectly suited for Activision Blizzard, for Twitch, and—most importantly—for our growing global fanbase.”
"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams," said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. "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 hometown pride.”
As per the rise and success of Twitch Prime, rewards are also in development for fans ranging from in-game items to other goodies.
The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July.