A League of Their Own

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, a team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter video game, now has its own league.

The Overwatch League, promoted as the “world’s first major global city-based esports league,” has formed a partnership with social video platform Twitch to stream every match. Fans can catch the first match of the league’s inaugural season today – live – at 7 pm ET at Twitch.tv/overwatchleague when the San Francisco Shock take on the Los Angeles Valiant.

Here’s an announcement about the league’s formation from late 2016:

In the two-year deal, Twitch will be the “exclusive worldwide third-party digital provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches” (except for China).  Twitch will carry streams in EnglishKorean, and French. The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. A schedule for the first five weeks of Stage One matches is available now.

All season one games will be played at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, with three matches each day, Wednesday through Saturday. If you want to attend in person, you can buy tickets here. Tickets for the regular season are $20 each for one weekday slate of games, $30 for Saturdays. (Note: Today’s slate of matches has already sold out).

There are 12 franchises representing major cities in Asia, Europe, and North America:

Boston Uprising (Kraft Group)

Dallas Fuel (Team Envy)

Florida Mayhem (Misfits)

Houston Outlaws (OpTic Gaming)

London Spitfire (Cloud9)

Los Angeles Gladiators (Stan and Josh Kroenke)

Los Angeles Valiant (Immortals)

New York Excelsior (Jeff Wilpon and SterlingVC)

Philadelphia Fusion (Comcast Spectacor)

San Francisco Shock (NRG eSports)

Seoul Dynasty (Kevin Chou)

Shanghai Dragons (NetEase)

In addition to Twitch, fans can watch games on MLG.com, the MLG app for iOS and Android, OverwatchLeague.com, and the Overwatch League app for iOS and Android.

Games are also viewable through an Overwatch League tab in the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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