The Overwatch League is a big bet for Blizzard/Activision, which has gone all-in to promote and support the league for its newest and fastest growing title (that fastest growing medal may be a function of the game's novelty, or a function of the incredible spread of gaming since the launch of Overwatch in 2014 and the company's last completely new game launch ... in the 1990s). The core addition of the patch is an entirely new menu accessed via the Overwatch League button on the main screen.
The $90M figure may not include other aspects of the Twitch-Blizzard relationship not attributable to the Overwatch League, sources said.
With that kind of money on the line, you can be sure that the teams from Los Angeles (two teams, actually), Boston, Dallas, Florida, Houston, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seoul, and Shanghai will give it their all, and fans won't want to miss a single minute of it. Commitments came from the likes of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and others, each who agreed to the $20 million in franchise fees throughout the next few years. Everyone has received the team logos and the league logo spray for free.
The league is comprised of 12 different teams, divided up into two divisions: Atlantic and Pacific.
Three matches will be played each day, from Wednesday to Saturday every week. The season will conclude with playoffs that take place in the summer between July 11th and July 28th.
Blizzard revealed that skins will also be available to purchase in bundles, however, they've not shared anymore information on what they will cost for the time being. There are also exclusive interviews and videos to enjoy exclusively through the Overwatch League app, so it's a must-have for fans.
It's pretty easy to watch the matches every week live, but it requires you to get the Overwatch League app.
Will you be watching the Overwatch League?
With the exception of China, Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches, with streams in English, Korean, and French. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality.