Twitch reportedly paid $90 million for Overwatch League broadcasting rights
The Overwatch League will stream on Twitch after reportedly signing a $90 million broadcast rights deal with Blizzard.
Twitch confirmed on Jan. 9 that the Overwatch League will be broadcast on the streaming service for at least two seasons, except in China, as well as on the Major League Gaming streaming plaform. But a report from Sports Business Daily suggested the deal was struck for a cool $90 million from Twitch.
Twitch will broadcast all regular season and post-season content for the Overwatch League when it begins on Jan. 10. Likewise, Twitch and Blizzard have collaborated in creating in-game rewards for players who watch the season. Sports Business Daily suggests the $90 million figure could include "other aspects of the Twitch/Blizzard relationship not attributable to the Overwatch League."
The Overwatch League begins Jan. 10 at 7pm ET with San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Valiant. To celebrate the launch, Blizzard released 312 new Overwatch skins yesterday, one for each Overwatch hero for all 12 League teams. Players can find the Overwatch League skins, which cost $5 each, under the new tab in-game.
Blizzard awarded all Overwatch players 100 free tokens, which equals one skin, to kick off the season. Players can sign up for the Overwatch League mailing list to earn another 100 free tokens.