Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

Sources: Overwatch League-Twitch Deal Worth At Least $90M

Blizzard Entertainment is betting a lot on the Overwatch League. Even that average is believed to be at least 100,000 viewers more than any previous Overwatch esports event was able to attract, but 415,000 is that much higher again than Overwatch League's opening day average viewership and then some.

(Blizzard Entertainment)What are the Overwatch League skins?

During media day on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Blizzard and Twitch announced a partnership deal that would give streaming rights for the first two seasons of the Overwatch League to Twitch.

Unlike normal skins, Overwatch League cosmetics are purchased away from other collectables and with individual credits that can only be bought with real money. Pre-seasons matches will be broadcasted only through Major League Gaming.

At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard unveiled a brand new map coming to the team-based shooter Overwatch called "Blizzard World", which is a theme park inspired by the universes of other games from the publisher and developer. While your first skin is free if you sign into the game by February 13th, any following skins will cost 100 League Tokens. The first regular-season games will be played later today, with the Pacific Division teams facing off: San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Valiant, Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators, and Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty.

For now, though, Overwatch League is still in an awkward spot.

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Along with competing for their share of a $3.5-million prize pool, each player who has a spot on any of the team's rosters is guaranteed a minimum $50,000 salary, health benefits and a retirement plan.

Blizzard will still host streams on its own website, however.

A number of changes have been made to Overwatch's visual presentation in order to make it easier to follow for the viewer.

Whatever your opinion on London Spitfire, we say let's get behind the boys in blue and see how far they can go. Seoul Dynasty players appear as completely clad in gold, with their abilities mimicking this color in order to differentiate their attack from those of their opponents, along with their permanently visible health bars and player tags. However, the matches taking place in China will not be broadcast through Twitch. "You have over-the-top advertising opportunities that wouldn't exist in traditional sports".

The Overwatch League teamed up with HP and Intel to bring the season to the fans.

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