The competition will run across a six week period and you can watch all of the action directly on the Overwatch league website. The deal, announced yesterday, is believed to be the biggest exclusive distribution deal in esports history. It'll be a long time until Overwatch true potential as a spectator sport is fully understood, but one thing is already certain: Overwatch League's opening day was popular indeed.
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.
The first Overwatch League match kicks off today at 4pm PST, which you can watch below.
On Wednesday, video-game company Blizzard Entertainment launched the inaugural season of its competitive Overwatch League, the first major test of its dedicated esports broadcast facility in Burbank since it opened past year.
The entirety of the first season at least will be held at the arena in Burbank California
Blizzard has a lot to celebrate over with everything they've accomplished with Overwatch.
This update also adds a new feature for Zenyatta players, as they will now be able to see a target's health bar when they make use of her Orbs of Discord and Harmony. Playing for a city might help teams to develop local fan bases more rapidly, but it may discourage interest in global viewers who don't feel represented.
The matches were: San Francisco Shock vs Los Angeles Valiant, Shanghai Dragons vs Los Angeles Gladiators, and Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty. Blizzard fans will also have easy access to the Overwatch League's web presence via a new Overwatch League tab in the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App. "The launch of the Overwatch League will provide our very best professional players the chance to inspire our engaged, connected audiences around the world".
Each team will play a total of 40 games in the regular season split down the middle with 20 cross-division games and 20 within division. Each League skin costs 100 of these Tokens, a $5 value. From there, you can select a team and browse through the team branded skins for all 26 Overwatch heroes.
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