Overwatch League and Twitch have signed a multi-year media rights deal to broadcast their eSports livestreams in English, French, and Korean languages. The Overwatch League is slated to start tomorrow January 10th at 4pm PST.
Below you can read the media rights deal press release. The Overwatch League schedule can be found here.
Every match from season one and two of the Overwatch League will be broadcast live on Twitch. Upcoming innovative new viewership reward system announced for fans who watch and engage with the Overwatch League on Twitch
IRVINE, Calif. — Today the Overwatch League™ and social video service Twitch announced a historic esports media-rights partnership, ensuring that every match of the world’s first major global city-based esports league will be readily available to fans across the globe. The first match of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season goes live on Twitch this Wednesday, January 10 , on Twitch.tv/overwatchleague.
Fans of professional Overwatch have been eagerly anticipating a seamless Overwatch League viewing experience. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league’s first two seasons, makes that a reality. With the exception of China , Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party digital provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches, with streams in English, Korean, and French.
The Overwatch League and Twitch also are developing innovative rewards for fans, which will bestow the league’s most steadfast viewers with Overwatch League in-game items. More details about content and additional rewards for the biggest fans, including some content that will be exclusive for a period of time, as well as Cheering with Overwatch League Cheermotes, will be announced as they become available.
“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 , COO of Blizzard Entertainment . “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 Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams,” said Kevin Lin , COO of Twitch. “Given Overwatch’s consistent reign as a top-viewed game by our community, we look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride.”
The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California , custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at OverwatchLeague.com, and all matches can be viewed live at Twitch.tv/overwatchleague (English-language channel), Twitch.tv/overwatchleague_kr (Korean-language channel), and Twitch.tv/overwatchleague_fr (French-language channel).
Blizzard Entertainment has acquired a permanent cutting-edge entertainment venue to hold future live competition including the Overwatch League, the Hearthstone Championship Tour, and other eSport events.
Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship
IRVINE, Calif.—September 7
, 2017—World-class esports have a new home in the entertainment capital of the world. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a cutting-edge live-event destination for pro players, esports fans, and everyone else who loves premier competition. Situated in the legendary Burbank Studios, once home to groundbreaking television shows, the studio at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles has been custom-tailored to support an exciting live-event experience for local attendees and broadcast audiences around the world. When the Arena opens for business on October 7, top competitors from across Blizzard esports will be the newest stars to shine on one of the most celebrated stages in television history.
“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”
With multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles was built to support a full slate of competitive events year-round. In addition, the Burbank, California arena will house a Blizzard retail store that rotates stock for event attendees based on the competitions taking place at the time.
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will open its doors to the public for the first time on the weekend of October 7–8 with the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs taking center stage. The culmination of a summer of formidable European and North American competition, the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs will crown the top Contenders teams in each region.
Beginning October 13, the Hearthstone® Championship Tour’s Summer Championship will bring top-notch Hearthstone pros to the Arena for a full weekend of competition, with $250,000 on the line. The global tournament will conclude the third act of the HCT and set the table for the Hearthstone World Championship, taking place in early 2018.
The early battles of both the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship (HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft® Arena Championship will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in late October, with top Heroes of the Storm and WoW® Arena players looking to fight their way onto the championship stages at BlizzCon®, Blizzard’s annual community celebration in Anaheim, California, taking place November 3–4.
Then, later this year, some of the top Overwatch® players in the world will take their first steps toward stardom at the Arena when the Overwatch League opens a new era in professional esports. With the players leading the way, the city-based franchises of the Overwatch League have their sights set on establishing a new standard for esports excellence.
Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship.
Blizzard Entertainment has informed us that the final Overwatch World Cup Group Stage will take place in Santa Monica, California at the Barker Hangar on August 11-13. Tickets are on sale now here.
The Top Two of these 8 teams will be invited to the Overwatch World Cup Playoffs at BlizzCon on November 3-4 in Anaheim, California.
WHEN: August 11-13
TIME: 10am – 6pm
WHERE: BARKER HANGAR — 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States
Overwatch World Cup Group Stage — Los Angeles:
Headed to the Overwatch World Cup Playoffs at BlizzCon:
- China – secured spot at Shanghai Group Stage
- France – secured spot at Shanghai Group Stage
- Sweden – secured spot at Sydney Group Stage
- Australia – secured spot at Sydney Group Stage
- TBD at Katowice Group Stage August 4-6
- TBD at Katowice Group Stage August 4-6
- TBD at Los Angeles Group Stage August 11-13
- TBD at Los Angeles Group Stage August 11-13
Blizzard Entertainment launched the new website: OverwatchContenders.com. Overwatch Contenders is the new development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals kicking off this summer in North America and Europe. Each region will get a prize pool of $50,000.
Registration is now open here.
A Foundation for Greatness
Introducing Overwatch Contenders
While preparations for the Overwatch League are busily underway, we know that the future stars of the league are out there, training hard and looking to make their mark. That’s why we’re creating opportunities now for players across the competitive spectrum to prove themselves in glorious combat, from the solo-queue superstars to the established tournament veterans.
Blizzard is excited to announce Overwatch Contenders—the development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals, kicking off this summer in North America and Europe. Over the first year of organized Overwatch competition, we’ve seen an incredible exhibition of skill at Overwatch APEX in South Korea, the Overwatch Pacific Championship in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Overwatch Premier Series in China. It’s time to bring that level of competition to the West.
If you and your team have what it takes to compete with the best in the West, Overwatch Contenders is your chance to shine. To find the top teams on the North American and European servers, Season Zero of Overwatch Contenders will be an open signup, online-only qualifier to determine the top eight teams in each of those two regions. Each of these tournaments will have a prize pool of USD $50,000.
In North America, Season Zero’s top six teams will be joined by APEX participants Envy and Rogue for six weeks of round-robin play in Overwatch Contenders Season One. The top four teams will advance to an offline playoff bracket, where they will fight for their share of USD $100,000. Across the Atlantic, the top eight European teams from Overwatch Contenders Season Zero will also play in a six-week regular season for Season One. The four teams that rise to the top will be playing for a slice of a USD $100,000 prize pool in their own offline playoff bracket.
Of course, there is more than cash on the line—with organizations looking to fill their rosters for the launch of the Overwatch League, all eyes will be watching this summer’s competitive showcase.
Once Overwatch Contenders is underway, up-and-coming teams will have additional opportunities to demonstrate their prowess via the Overwatch Open Division. This tournament series will take place in select regions around the world, and in 2018, will offer emerging teams a path to Overwatch Contenders seasons in each region. If you are Masters rank or higher, and you dare to see where your Overwatch skills can take you, then stay tuned for more information on Open Division signups.
For now, though, assemble your roster in North America or Europe and head to OverwatchContenders.com for more information and to register your team.
Overwatch Contenders Season 0 Schedule:
- May 22: NA & EU team registration opens
- June 2: NA team registration closes
- June 3-4: NA Open Qualifier
- June 9: EU team registration closes
- June 10-11: EU Open Qualifier
- June 17: EU Group Stage
- June 18: NA Group Stage
- June 24: EU Group Stage
- June 25: NA Group Stage
- July 1: EU Playoffs (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals)
- July 2: NA Playoffs (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals)
2016 MLG Las Vegas has been announced by Activision Blizzard via newsletter. The Overwatch Invitational Tournament starts on December 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino with a prize pool of $100,000.
For those planning to attend the event in person, tickets cost $49.99 for all-three-day general access. The VIP ticket costs $149.99 (which includes a VIP Hoodie, VIP seating, early access, and lounge access). Ticket details can be found here.
For those staying home, you can watch the livestream at www.MLG.tv
2016 MLG Las Vegas – Overwatch Invitational Tournament
Three-day event to feature the first competition of the Call of Duty World League 2017* and an Overwatch Invitational, both with a prize pool of $100,000
NEW YORK –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Major League Gaming Corp. , a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), presents MLG VEGAS, a festival and fan experience taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino , Las Vegas , on December 16-18 . The three-day event will play host to the Overwatch® invitational, and End Game — a special lifestyle event celebrating digital culture.
The event will play host to a $100,000 invitational tournament featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Eight top teams will do battle in the blockbuster new team-based shooter over the course of the weekend, pitting their diverse rosters of heroes armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities against each other in pursuit of the crown. Fans around the world can watch the excitement via MLG.tv on the web and mobile devices, where the proprietary EVE (Enhanced Viewing Experience) technology will allow them to dive deeper into the stats, players, and teams during the broadcast for the first time in Overwatch competition.
Standing at the intersection of esports, music, and digital culture, End Game will bring together thousands of eager esports fans under one roof for a huge celebration featuring interactive experiences, surprise musical performances and unique opportunities for content creators throughout the weekend.
“End Game is going to be the biggest celebration of esports culture in MLG’s history,” said Sundance DiGiovanni , VP of Brands and Content for Major League Gaming . “Video games are a dominant force in pop culture and have as much mindshare with this audience as music, art, or movies. When we looked at other festivals, we saw a huge hole in their programming, and Vegas presented an opportunity for us to celebrate these content creators, esports pros, and digital influencers. To put it simply, if you’re neglecting esports at your events, you are missing out on a huge passion point for a highly-engaged and creative audience.”
Tickets for MLG Vegas are available now at two price levels:
- General Admission: $49.99 – General Admission seating for all three days and access to all End Game performances and activities
- VIP Admission: $149.99 – VIP Admission seating for all three days and access to all End Game performances and activities, VIP hoodie, VIP seating, Early Access to Venue, and VIP Check-In
- Team Pass : $299.99 – Compete in the Call of Duty World League North American Regional , presented by PlayStation 4
For fans who can’t attend MLG Vegas in person, the weekend will be livestreamed in HD on www.MLG.tv featuring our Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE)
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