Twitch signs up for two-year Overwatch deal

Twitch signs up for two-year Overwatch deal

According to reports, Twitch and Blizzard have inked a deal making the first two seasons of the Overwatch League exclusive to that streaming platform.

Excepting in China, Twitch will be the exclusive streaming partner of the League, presenting every match in English, Korean and French. This treatment does not include transmission rights, but technological development and commercialization.

Twitch and Blizzard will be creating "innovative rewards" for fans, although the press release only mentions that the league's "most steadfast viewers" will be rewarded with in-game items, with further details available as items appear. It has also announced plans to add custom Overwatch League "cheermotes", which will be revealed at a later date.

The Overwatch League kicks off today (technically tomorrow for those of us in South Africa, because timezones), giving those of us who suck at the game a chance to watch some of the best players in the world go head to head.

SportsBusinessDaily's sources say this deal cost Twitch in the region of $90 million, although this may cover existing elements of Twitch and Activision-Blizzard's relationship beyond Overwatch League.

It expands on an agreement between Twitch and Blizzard signed previous year that gave the streaming service rights to esports tournaments for games such as Starcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

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