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Latest Update Offers 312 League Skins, Bug Fixes and More

Latest Update Offers 312 League Skins, Bug Fixes and More

Viewers will also be able to participate in a "viewership reward system" which grants in-game rewards that are Overwatch League inspired loot.

Blizzard's ambitious new esports league Overwatch League kicked off its inaugural season on Wednesday, and not one of the 12 teams has a single female player on its roster. MLG handled the exclusive streaming of the pre-season matches. Some league content also will air on Activision Blizzard's Major League Gaming platform.

The first day saw three matches, and one in particular was a great indicator of some exciting Overwatch action to come over the course of the season.

What's on the line for the victor of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League?

And, just like traditional sports, fans can watch live broadcasts of every game - in a variety of languages - via the Overwatch League website, official app, or on Twitch.

In the first day of the Overwatch League where the Seoul Dynasty took on the Dallas Fuel, over 400,000 people tuned in to watch!

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This comes on top of a previously made deal between Blizzard and Twitch that would make it the premiere partner for competitions based on Overwatch, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and this deal solidifies said partnership even further.

That process has resulted in the first-ever esports team to represent New York City, an honor that means a lot to Tester.

While other teams in the league need to feel each other out a bit, these two teams know exactly what the other is all about, and we saw some very high level play. Take-Two Interactive Software is building its own esports league for its National Basketball Association 2k series, and high Overwatch League viewership would likely bode well for its own ability to lure new investors and ad dollars, for example. The Los Angeles valiant beat out the San Francisco Shock 4-0. New team skins plus a host of new updates have been released, as indicated in the "Overwatch" patch notes for January 10.

While city-based teams are standard in traditional sports leagues, they aren't the norm for eSports, where teams typically run under their own banners or those of the companies that sponsor them.

This week developer Blizzard is pushing hard to make Overwatch a serious esport. Key events that may have been missed are replayed nearly instantly, while each match is followed by a highlight reel and a deconstruction of each round's key moments by the League's presenters. With Blizzard's pedigree for success and Overwatch's accessible, colourful gameplay I can't see it being anything but brilliant.


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