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SBD Global/January 10, 2018/Media

Overwatch League Signs Two-Year Deal With Twitch For Streaming Rights To Matches

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Twitch acquired the streaming rights to the Overwatch League in a two-year deal a top league official says “values our content at an unprecedented level for esports.” The value of the deal is at least $90M, according to sources. Twitch will show six out of 12 weekly matches exclusively during the season, with the remainder also being simulcast on Overwatch publisher Activision Blizzard's owned platform, MLG.tv. Twitch will stream in English, French and Korean, and it also will have global exclusivity outside of China. Twitch paid an unknown rights fee for the content. The deal marks the most prominent exclusive third-party distribution deal in the esports industry, where most properties still prioritize maximum distribution over monetizing exclusivity. “I do think it’s a landmark deal," said Major League Gaming President & CEO Pete Vlastelica, whose company is operating the league for parent Activision Blizzard. "I think it really establishes a value around our rights and maybe professional esports content rights in general that’s unprecedented."

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