Of course, it is also possible that the impressive viewership figures for day one of the hyped up league are not indicative of what to expect a few weeks down the line. The biggest deal in eSports history!
Overwatch is a six-versus-six, team-based first-person shooter game where team members work to eliminate or repel opponents to make an attack on an objective or defend an objective.
The Atlantic Division teams will take the stage at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles on Thursday. "I think the team we brought over to the Overwatch League is one of the best teams in the world", Tester said. It'll be a long time until Overwatch true potential as a spectator sport is fully understood, but one thing is already certain: Overwatch League's opening day was popular indeed.
It's not such a surprise the event attracted so many eyeballs, the Overwatch League has had a huge PR push over the last 24 hours.
The first day of the league ended with the Los Angeles Valiant, Los Angeles Gladiators, and Seoul Dynasty each securing their first victory.
Announcing its first distribution deal yesterday, a two-year contract with Twitch reportedly valued at $90 million, all of the league's games will be streamed globally in English, French and Korean. Overwatch League has different teams associated with different esports clubs. If you wanted to buy every League skin (12 teams, 26 heroes), you'd be looking at. oh, about $1,200. Playing for a city might help teams to develop local fan bases more rapidly, but it may discourage interest in global viewers who don't feel represented. While your first skin is free if you sign into the game by February 13th, any following skins will cost 100 League Tokens. The final match will pit the Dallas Fuel against the Seoul Dynasty at 8 p.m.
But Blizzard's push to publicize the Overwatch League would be futile if the matches themselves weren't up to scratch.
For European viewers the matches took place very late at night, so they've been watching the replays as they woke up this morning.
Therefore, one of the biggest gaming events nearly didn't have a home. Not only is the Overwatch League shaping up to be a compelling viewing experience for fans of the FPS, but it seems destined to attract a slew of newcomers to the game, too.