"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 Armin Zerza, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, in a statement.
On one hand, Overwatch players have the ability to purchase the skins that they want to support their teams and not be impeded by the RNG of a lootbox. The Overwatch League in-game menu isn't just for staring at the shiny new skins - players can watch the games via this menu when they're live. In total that's a whopping 312 skins to start the season. It's an exciting time for esports, as Blizzard vies to prove that city-based teams that are constructed similar to physical sports are just as viable for the future of esports.
You'll be able to purchase them with a new type of currency.
The two-year deal, which will include every. single. game. of the league's first two seasons includes every geography but China (no word about who the streaming partner will be there).
The inaugural season of the Overwatch League is set to kick off soon - the first match is set to go live on Twitch tomorrow, January 10, with the rest of the season running through June. In annual terms, the deal is comparable to the seven-year, $300M deal struck in late '16 by League of Legends publisher Riot Games with BAMTech.
"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".
The release teases Overwatch League "Cheermotes" as well as additional rewards for the "biggest fans" and unique Overwatch League in-game items for the league's most "steadfast viewers".
"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. Honours that comes with a whole lot of green to the tune of $125 000 for the winners of each of the season's four five-week long stages, with a final overall Overwatch League Champion prize of a cool $1 million. If you're lucky enough to be in the Los Angeles area, you can actually get tickets to see the matches go down in person at the Blizzard Arena.