"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Twitch chief operating officer Kevin Lin said in a press release. The season will conclude with playoffs that take place in the summer between July 11th and July 28th. If for some reason you felt inclined to buy every single one of these new skins, it would cost you just shy of $1,200.
See the team skins for all 12 city-based franchises. You can also watch previous matches through video-on-demand (including the preseason that's already up) on the official website.
Speaking of the app, the Overwatch League app is your best friend for everything regarding matches, rosters, stats, and more. You can set alerts for specific matches so that you receive push notifications when those events begin. The partnership also brings with it exclusive Overwatch League items in the game itself for some of the most die-hard viewers.
Besides supporting your favorite team every week, there are a couple of ways that you can get directly involved.
What Overwatch League team will you be rooting for in the upcoming season?
Will you be watching the Overwatch League? You'll find the skins by clicking on each of the 12 Overwatch League team names-one for each of Overwatch's 26 heroes, which adds up to 312 different skins. For more info on that, check this out. Although the company's announcement has come down to the wire, Blizzard has finally revealed that Twitch will be the exclusive third-party streaming partner of the professional eSports league for the game. In annual terms, the deal is comparable to the seven-year, $300M deal struck in late '16 by League of Legends publisher Riot Games with BAMTech.
A team's track record during the season determines if it gets into the play-offs or not. Buoyed by the game's popularity, Blizzard raised $240 million (around Rs. 15 billion) selling teams for the game's big budget e-sports venture that CEO Mike Morhaime said is a "true next-generation e-sports experience". Blizzard plans to create similar leagues in South America, Europe, southeast Asia, and Asia Pacific in the near future.