Overwatch League's first major partnerships are with HP and Intel
Blizzard has secured two major partnerships for its upcoming Overwatch League.
The developer has signed up both HP and Intel for multiple years ahead of next month's launch. HP—specifically, the HP Omen line—will be the primary PC provider for the Overwatch League.
Overwatch League presents a unique opportunity for its partners. The franchised league is the first major professional esports league to follow such a structure. Twelve teams bought into the Overwatch League, which will be held initially in Los Angeles. In years to come, the league will expand to home cities, each with its own designated arena, much like in traditional sports.
Both HP and Intel have been involved in esports partnerships for a while, which make their deals with Blizzard not entirely surprising. Intel has a longstanding partnership with ESL to sponsor the Intel Extreme Masters series of events.
"For more than 12 years Intel has consistently supported the esports community and we're always looking for ways to help improve how they play, watch, and compete," vice president of Intel's esports group, John Bonini, said in a statement. "The Overwatch League will be a great showcase for esports, and we’re excited to be a part of it with Blizzard.”
Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Overwatch League is scheduled to begin Dec. 6 with preseason exhibition matches. The regular season will begin Jan. 10 and continue through 2018. All matches will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.
Information regarding scheduling and ticket sales is expected in the coming weeks, according to Blizzard.