Overwatch Gets New Skins Today; Marks The Start of A New League

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For those unaware, the historic first match for this season between the Overwatch League's San Francisco Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant begins on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM PT. Blizzard has also been kind enough to post the day's full schedule, which can be seen right here. Twitch and Overwatch League officials declined comment. For those that wanted to unlock all of the skins available, that's going to cost you 100 bucks of IRL cash. In addition to the free tokens, all players have been given 13 new sprays consisting of the twelve team logos and the Overwatch League logo. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league's first two seasons, makes that a reality. After a small tweak last week changed the home screen to display certain heroes in a selection of team skins, players will be excited to know they can now purchase any of the 12 team "jerseys" for any of the 26 available heroes-a whopping total of 312 new skins.

Twitch will serve as the exclusive third-party broadcast partner for the league's regular season, playoffs and championships in three different languages: English, Korean and French. Activision Blizzard stated it will announce more details around these in-game rewards in the future.

With the inaugural season for the Overwatch League beginning tomorrow, fans of Blizzard's team-based shooter looking to tune in might be wondering exactly where they can go to watch the action unfold.

The final bit of news came this morning, where after much speculation and confusion, Blizzard announced a two-year partnership with Twitch.

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"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. "Given Overwatch's consistent reign as a top viewed game by our community, we look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride".

For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events.

Esports Insider says: It nearly feels typical of the Overwatch League that we've got to the day before the first match before having any idea of where we can watch it.

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