Twitch Buys Exclusive Overwatch League Streaming Rights for a Reported $90 Million

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The League itself is separated into two distinct divisions: Atlantic and Pacific.

Scott "Custa" Kennedy is the lone Australian face in the league, now listed on Dallas Fuel's roster. The teams that rise to the top in their respective groups will then enter playoff-style competition aiming to be crowned league champions.

Overwatch team owners reportedly paid $20 million to purchase franchises.

Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is a roughly 450-seat, 50,000-square-foot, three-studio facility housed in the Burbank Studios, former home of "The Tonight Show". The end of each stage greets winners with a prize pool of $125,000. For just logging into the game, you'll get 100 tokens, redeemable for any one skin.

Also akin to traditional sports, these teams will be battling it out over a gruelling regular season and postseason schedule. Since a draw doesn't reward either team with a point, Seoul Dynasty walked away the victors with a 2-1 record.

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According to Crunchbase , Redux has also previously raised more than $5 million in funding before it was acquired by Google. On Ivanov's profile page, it says that Redux achieved a "successful exit" in August 2017, but it does not state the buyer.

Shortly after, Overwatch League will hold an All-Star Weekend. Excelsior won't be at full roster strength for most of the season, but they still boast one of the more complete teams in the league.

The inaugural season begins on January 11 at 11am AEDT and will run until June 17, 2018.

In the second match of the day, the Shanghai Dragons arguably looked even worse than they did in the preseason.

Both Los Angeles teams ran riot in their respective matches, and watching fans may have been getting a bit anxious that we would go the entire first day without seeing an actual competitive match. It has also announced plans to add custom Overwatch League "cheermotes", which will be revealed at a later date.

"[The arena] pushes esports to that extra step as being viewed from an online video-game experience to more of an orchestrated sporting event", he said. Overwatch League had a chance to turn this around by leveling the playing field and allowing teams to select the best players they could find instead of players forming teams by their own volition (which is how most successful teams in young esports start). Anyone with speedy enough internet access will be able to catch every match there. Twitch knows this, and that's why it purportedly paid as much as $90 million for the rights to broadcast the upcoming Overwatch League games exclusively on its platform.

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