With the Overwatch League finally set to debut this week, Sports Business Daily has reported that Activision-Blizzard has signed an exclusive two-year contract to stream its first two seasons on Twitch.
Said to be the biggest contract in the history of esports, the deal is worth at least $90 million dollars - allowing Twitch to stream the regular season and postseason contests, as well as the 12 weekly matches that will take place.
The annual value of this colossal deal narrowly beats out the League of Legends contract Riot Games signed with BAMTech back in 2016, which will run for seven years. That particular deal was very different, though, taking place to allow "joint tech-development and commercialization."
The preseason matches were met with skepticism from fans when it was exclusively streamed on MLG.tv, a platform that tried and failed to be an effective platform to grow the competitive Call of Duty scene. Many competitive players signed an exclusivity contract at the time, but it wasn't long before they were unhappy with their experience.
The Overwatch League is set to feature franchised teams from esteemed organisations such as OpTic Gaming, NRG Esports, and Team Envy. The teams include: Houston Outlaws, Dallas Fuel, Shanghai Dragons, London Spitfire, Boston Uprising, Seoul Dynasty, San Francisco Shock, Los Angeles Valiant, Los Angeles Gladiators, Florida Mayhem, Philadelphia Fusion, and New York Excelsior.
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