Esports and video gaming live-streaming service Twitch.tv has reportedly paid US $90 million for the coveted broadcast rights to the Overwatch League for the next two years.
Ahead of the Overwatch League’s debut on January 10, Twitch announced it signed a two-year deal with Blizzard to secure its position as the only place you can watch seasons one and two of Blizzard’s new premier e-league until 2020.
The service also confirmed they will provide streams of OWL in multiple languages to accommodate its vast global audience, which includes English, French and Korean. Live-streams of all matches in the OWL regular season, play-offs and championship finals can only be watched on the official Overwatch League Twitch channel, with the exception of Blizzard’s official site which uses in the in-house platform of MLG.tv.
Finer details of the agreement was scarce, until a report from Sports Business Daily revealed the million-dollar amount Twitch allegedly paid for exclusive streaming rights, though the total figure “may include other aspects of the Twitch-Blizzard relationship not attributable to the Overwatch League,” – possibly the rewards, in-game items, custom emotes and other virtual merchandise Twitch confirmed they were working on with Blizzard.
If the numbers are accurate, it would signal one of the biggest ever exclusive distribution deals in esports history.
“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 Blizzard COO Armin Zerza in an official press release. “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.”
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