Overwatch - New Patch Introduces League Team Skins

Nettie James
January 13, 2018

Games broadcasting platform Twitch and publisher Blizzard have signed a last-minute deal handing the streaming service exclusive third-party rights to the Overwatch League. Skins are sold individually for 100 Tokens.

Here's how to watch each stage of the Overwatch League.

Viewers can also tune in MLG.com and the MLG app (on iOS and Android), OverwatchLeague.com, and the Overwatch League companion app (for iOS and Android). There's a great Overwatch League FAQ on Reddit, too, as well as five pieces of advice for watching OWL, as it's known, which you may want to check out.

These are two teams who know each other very well from their days in the South Korea APEX League, back when they were known as EnVyUs and Lunatic Hai respectively.

They're as professional as any traditional sports team, with uniforms and merchandise, big name backers - Jennifer Lopez, Shaq, and Marshawn Lynch are behind the NRG Sports-owned San Francisco Shock - and a commitment to train and live with each other year-round.

While viewership was seen as a major concern coming into the day, fans on Twitch showed up in droves to watch the first professional games of the Overwatch League era, peaking at over 400,000 concurrent viewers in the English, French and Korean broadcasts. The latest addition to Blizzard's stable of twenty-one #1 games, Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. New team skins plus a host of new updates have been released, as indicated in the "Overwatch" patch notes for January 10.

The Overwatch league's long and packed schedule, with an array of different viewing options for fans, should give Activision Blizzard the chance to cash in from advertisers.

But Blizzard's push to publicize the Overwatch League would be futile if the matches themselves weren't up to scratch.

A number of changes have been made to Overwatch's visual presentation in order to make it easier to follow for the viewer.

The camera changes are fast-paced but not hard to follow.

Blizzard have hinted at the team being more available on their home turf in future seasons, which should help with the disconnect fans of the three teams not based in North America: Seoul, Shanghai and London.

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