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The Overwatch League Team skins have been released today, but players who want to collect them all will either be left empty-handed or spent at least $1200 on unlocking them. Activision Blizzard, its CEO Bobby Kotick and other staffers who it hired from traditional sports recruited its ownership for the league throughout 2017. 100 League tokens buys you a skin. Purchasing League Tokens supports the teams in a revenue split with Blizzard, although the details of exactly how the money is split have not been publicly revealed.
In massive news for the esports industry, popular online streaming service Twitch has partnered with the Overwatch League in order to provide a steady outlet to broadcast the league's first two seasons to internet users and esports fans across the globe. San Francisco Shock will take on Los Angeles Valiant at 7pm ET on January 10, followed by Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators at 9pm ET and Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty at 11pm ET.
Overwatch League Skins & Sprays Now Available In-Game
After all, Overwatch already has an existing player count of more than 35 million worldwide, and with the game's third-party stream going to Twitch's viewership-which boasts an audience bigger than HBO or Netflix-there's definitely some major potential for the team-based shooter to push eSports toward universal appeal. Twitch will show every regular-season and postseason contest for OWL, which starts play tomorrow night, and develop reward programs and new virtual merchandise for viewers.
Activision Blizzard said the deal was great "for our growing global fan base".
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. And now they won't have any excuse for not planning their lives around the matches as Blizzard has launched an official Overwatch League app for Android and iOS. "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".