Thursday, July 12, 2018

Overwatch League Hitting Prime Time Television

Overwatch League fans. You now have another place to watch your favorite teams that doesn't involve Blizzard's laggy streaming system or Twitch: ESPN.

The Disney owned company has signed a deal with Activision/Blizzard to nab the television rights to the Overwatch League. The multi-year deal will bring the playoffs and finals to ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 and Disney XD. Disney XD, as you may remember, aired and censored E3 presentations this year. This will be the first time that ABC will air an eSports event, and the first time for ESPN to broadcast one in prime time.

All of the networks mentioned above began airing the quarter finals that began yesterday, July 11. And will continue to do so through the Grand Finals on July 27 and 28 at Barclays Center in New York. Give the popularity of Overwatch is still strong, and the legaue's business continues to build, it's not surprising that Disney wanted a piece of the profit. What is surprising is how quickly they went in to capitalize on it. Hopefully the ratings go well that Disney might consider airing all of next season.

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