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The Overwatch World League's first round smashes it out of the park

The Overwatch World League's first round smashes it out of the park

The team is made up of relatively unknown Chinese players who have done well on the regional ladder, but are inexperienced on the professional stage.

Blizzard said the company is constantly striving for what Kaplan referred to as a "world class" broadcasting capability that rivals, and may one day exceed, what traditional sports leagues can do. While your first skin is free if you sign into the game by February 13th, any following skins will cost 100 League Tokens.

The game between the San Francisco Shock and LA Valiant that is now ongoing had around 370,000 viewers during the 2nd set on the official Overwatch League channel, and the number reached more than 400,000 with viewers on the separate channels - overwatchleague_kr and overwatchleague_fr.

The usual social media channels will be constantly updating too and Blizzard have also released an official Overwatch League app for mobile devices. 12 teams are involved in the competition.

Overwatch League does involve a number of big esports superstars, as well as big investors behind each of the teams, and it promises the kind of worldwide action that competitive fans have been waiting for.

Goldhaber added that the figure was "Much higher than anyone was expecting" and that he was "excited" to see if Overwatch League can sustain this sort of viewership into the future. With over a year in the making, fans all over the world tuned in to watch with anticipation.

The inaugural matches of the regular season of the 12-team Overwatch league kicked off yesterday.

Another important function of the Blizzard Arena, Kaplan said, is the ability to have complete control over the broadcast experience of its games. When the Dynasty finally overcame the Fuel, the crowd showed appreciation for both teams, the South Koreans narrowly escaping with a tightrope victory in its debut.

Along with the launch of the new season, Blizzard is offering plenty of new character skins for players to get their hands on. Seoul Dynasty players appear as completely clad in gold, with their abilities mimicking this color in order to differentiate their attack from those of their opponents, along with their permanently visible health bars and player tags. 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. Similar to the other American sports, the top team in each division at the end of the season will get a bye in the first week of the playoffs.


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