What you need to know about Overwatch League

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It offers things like live streams of matches, news, standings, schedules, and alerts for when your favorite team is about to play.

Some issues that could cause the fresh Overwatch map and its contents to get a delay include the discovery of errors that involve Torbjorn turrets being destroyed when placed on certain rides, in addition to several invisible collision zones need ongoing work so players won't get stuck in certain places.

In a research note, Raymond James analysts Justin Patterson, Aaron Kessler and Bianca Rodriguez say that the Overwatch deal is "symbolic of the changing face of content in the over-the-top (OTT) video era".

The American video game publisher - maker of the massively successful competitive first-person shooter Overwatch, which had a player base of more than 35 million players as of last October - has made a decision to double down on the game's popularity by running a season-based competition similar to what one might find in traditional sports.

The two-year deal with Twitch gives the platform exclusive worldwide rights to all the matches, which will be streamed in English, Korean and French.

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The deal was driven in part by scale, with both Twitch and Overwatch League bringing their own user base to the table. However, the matches taking place in China will not be broadcast through Twitch.

Kevin Lin, chief operating officer of Twitch, said: "The Overwatch League is making a major impact on e-sports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams".

Video game giant Blizzard released 312 new skins for the entire "Overwatch" roster to make the current league more exciting. Twitch will show every regular-season and postseason contest for OWL, which starts play tonight, and develop reward programs and new virtual merchandise for viewers. When signing up for the Overwatch League mailing list, players can choose which teams they receive updates on.

The deal was a huge boost for Twitch, said Mr Harding-Rolls. Nevertheless, all the match-ups happening in North America, South Korea, and France will be broadcast throughout Twitch.

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