With the exception of China, Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches.
Social Video Network Twitch and Blizzard Entertainment-owned Overwatch League, a professional eSports league, have announced a media-rights partnership for Overwatch, ensuring that every match of the world’s first major global city-based eSports league will be readily available to Twitch users across the globe.
“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.”
“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 favorite
plays, but hometown pride,” added Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch.
The first match of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season goes live on Twitch this Wednesday, January 10, at 4:00 pm PST. The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a live-event venue in Burbank, California.