Activision Blizzard Inc. will televise matches for its new professional league for players of the video game Overwatch on Amazon.com Inc.'s Twitch, betting that fans of the service for gamers will embrace professionally produced competitions.
With the exception of China, Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches, with streams in English, Korean, and French.
Anyone hoping to get their hands on a League skin for their favorite team and character will be able to do so without actually buying any League tokens.
Blizzard added a new Overwatch League tab to the game, where all the league's information and skins are housed.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Blizzard has put team skins for each of the Pacific or Atlantic aligned teams for characters into Overwatch.
But the lack of clarity was also a cause for some concern among Overwatch fans, who have been left uncertain as to how they'd be able to watch the matches.
Overwatch League-Themed Skins Are Now Available in Overwatch for Every Hero
Each skin costs 100 League Tokens - the new in-game currency introduced to separate OWL purchases from the rest of the game. The core addition of the patch is an entirely new menu accessed via the Overwatch League button on the main screen.
Future seasons of the league, although now not specified as to when, will move to arenas in the home cities of each team. "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", Twitch COO Kevin Lin said.
Fifty percent of the revenue from the sale of Overwatch League team skins, like other team merchandise, will go into a "net shared revenue pool" for all twelve Overwatch League teams.
The inaugural season kicks off tomorrow, and will run until June 2018.
The deal is not a surprise considering that Twitch and Blizzard have a long history of collaborating for esports events.
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