Sources at SportsBusiness Daily suggest that the deal to broadcast the Overwatch League on Twitch will cost as much as $90 million.
It’s the news which every Overwatch eSports fan was looking forward to: The Overwatch League will be broadcast live on Twitch.
The streaming giant is usually the home for everything from daily player streams to the biggest tournaments but the platform, bought out by Amazon for $970 million in 2014, did not show the league’s pre-season matches.
Season 1 and 2.
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Instead, the first glimpse of OWL could only be watched by fans on Blizzard’s official website and on Major League Gaming, a rival streaming service which was purchased by Activision Blizzard back in 2015.
However, news broke this week that the first two seasons of The Overwatch League will now be shown on Twitch in a deal which is revealed to be quite costly.
Sources at SportsBusiness Daily claim that the deal will earn The Overwatch League as much as $90 million for the first two years. It falls just short of the reported $50 million/year deal between Riot Games and BAMTech for broadcast rights of the League of Legends Championship Series.
It’s a massive coup for Blizzard and great news for fans of The Overwatch League. While the stream on MLG TV had its perks, the League will gain far more traffic on the more popular platform, Twitch.