Twitch Paid $900 Million For Overwatch League Exclusive Live Stream

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The Overwatch League will receive at least $90M over two years from Twitch in exchange for streaming rights, according to sources.

The annual value of the deal just edges out that of the seven-year, $300 million (£221m) contract that League of Legends' Riot Games signed with BAMTech in 2016.

The first match of the inaugural Overwatch League season will pit the San Francisco Shock against the Los Angeles Valiant at 4 pm PT on January 10.

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Week One will kick off with a match between San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Valiant. This time the league will be broadcasted exclusively by Twitch. Pre-seasons matches will be broadcasted only through Major League Gaming. "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".

ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV are expected to be the official broadcasting platforms of the Overwatch League in China, providing livestreams, VODs, feature programs, and other exciting esports content to Chinese audiences. Playoffs and the grand finals will follow in the latter half of 2018.

Overwatch League does involve a number of big esports superstars, as well as big investors behind each of the teams, and it promises the kind of worldwide action that competitive fans have been waiting for. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In fact, Overwatch is giving users who log into the game one free team skin for the character of their choice until January 19. Players can now also show their support by rocking the team skin for their favourite character. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit www.overwatchleague.com.