"Our fans love to engage with content on Twitch, and we wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond", said Armin Zerza, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, in a statement. Activision Blizzard, its CEO Bobby Kotick and other staffers who it hired from traditional sports recruited its ownership for the league throughout 2017. The plan behind the new currency is to essentially perform an extra stream of income for the competitors - no details have been given regarding the currency but we know that Blizzard will be taking a portion.
"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch.
The tab will also include the new Overwatch League skins. 100 League tokens buys you a skin.
Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch.tv in two-year deal
Fifty percent of revenue from the Overwatch League skins will go to a shared pot for the teams. After a heated preseason display, twelve professional teams from America, Britain, China and South Korea will now be going head to head for the official top honours in Blizzard's esports title.
According to Blizzard's announcement, Twitch is set to broadcast each and every Overwatch League match live over the course of the league's first two seasons in English, French, and Korean, with this two-year deal for exclusive broadcast rights including playoffs and championship matches.
The Overwatch League and Twitch are also developing innovative rewards and other programs for fans, which will bestow the league's most steadfast viewers with unique Overwatch League in-game items with exclusives.
Activision Blizzard said the deal was great "for our growing global fan base". Honours that comes with a whole lot of green to the tune of $125 000 for the winners of each of the season's four five-week long stages, with a final overall Overwatch League Champion prize of a cool $1 million. The first season gets underway tomorrow. Among those, the Los Angeles Valiant announced on Tuesday that it will compete at the Microsoft Theater in LA Live starting in Season 3, which is owned by one of its investor groups, Anschutz Entertainment Group.