"Overwatch" received a new batch of updates to prepare players for the upcoming Overwatch League, an official eSports event for the game. These are permanent teams based in cities around the globe. Preseason matches were broadcast exclusively on MLG-which has not offered any viewership statistics-but the regular season matches that begin tomorrow will be the first to stream on Twitch. Although born in New Jersey, he was raised in nearby La Cañada Flintridge and said the Blizzard Arena's importance is tied to replicating the "special" moments he experienced in local arenas as a Los Angeles sports fan.
"Connecting and engaging the world through epic entertainment is our mission", said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.
It's East vs West in the battle of the best Overwatch players as Day 1 comes to a close. Take-Two Interactive Software is building its own esports league for its National Basketball Association 2k series, and high Overwatch League viewership would likely bode well for its own ability to lure new investors and ad dollars, for example.
Blizzard has outdone itself with the debut of the Overwatch League, with day one clocking in at over 350,000 viewers consistently on its Twitch stream alone, peaking at 415,000.
The Overwatch League follows a dozen professional teams headquartered at major cities around the world, although not necessarily made up of people from those cities or actually housed there.
Overwatch League features teams of players playing the popular game "Overwatch", with teams that advance to the playoffs securing significant payouts.
Its first corporate partner, HP, agrees that content creation is critical to the Overwatch League's success. That's a lot of Overwatch for a game that is still in its infancy when compared to eSports' biggest hitters, but it's clear that Blizzard has a lot of faith in its FPS justifying the investment.
For European viewers the matches took place very late at night, so they've been watching the replays as they woke up this morning. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at https://overwatchleague.com/. Big name commentators such as Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist were signed, owners like the New England Patriots Robert Kraft had bought into the league, but until the opening day came, I was still skeptical. People from all over the globe can now watch the matches between their favorite teams as they unfold from Twitch. In contrary, the players who purchase League skins directly utilizing League Tokens.
Each match will contain four games, one for each of the different maps that are featured in Overwatch.