No matter the reason, Twitch's Overwatch deal is another step on the road to ensuring that Activision's new league hits the ground running.
It's no secret that Twitch is the premium place to watch video games live on the internet. Twitch will show every regular-season and postseason contest for OWL, which starts play tomorrow night, and develop reward programs and new virtual merchandise for viewers. The cheapest bundle is $5, and will net players 100 League Tokens, which is enough to buy one skin in the game. You can also view what their weapon looks like in the various team colors by selecting the icon right below the hero. These also feature the various logos for the different Overwatch League teams, so think of them as jerseys for your favorite heroes.
Equally, it was announced that the game's eSports teams will be allowed to sell their own unique team colours to fans.
Twitch has signed a deal with Blizzard in order to become the exclusive third-party provider of the Overwatch League events in all regions with the exception of China, for the next two years.
Fifty percent of revenue from the Overwatch League skins will go to a shared pot for the teams. The core addition of the patch is an entirely new menu accessed via the Overwatch League button on the main screen. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality. Details on these in-game rewards or how to claim them are still being worked on, but Blizzard will announce more when they're ready.
"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.
"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. Seasonal play will run until June, and playoffs will begin in July.