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According to the terms of the deal, Twitch will broadcast the entirety of the Overwatch League regular season, play-offs and championships matches, with streams in English, Korean and French.

A lot hinges on the Overwatch League's success, and their ability to keep viewers outside of the initial kickoff blast.

12 teams will square off over six-months to figure out which city's collected players deserve the title of best Overwatch team.

As the first major global professional esports league with competition organized by cities, the launch of the Overwatch League is one of the most hotly anticipated moments in esports. It kicks off at 4PM Los Angeles time today (That's 2 am in the morning tomorrow for we South Africans) at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. The first match will be between San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Valiant. Preseason matches were broadcast exclusively on MLG-which has not offered any viewership statistics-but the regular season matches that begin tomorrow will be the first to stream on Twitch. Whether it will be successful or not has yet to be seen, but Blizzard believes it will be a huge leap forward for the world of esports competition - and Twitch seems to have faith in them as well.

"This cements Twitch's position as the strongest Western player in live e-sports video, and I consider the platform a natural home for the Overwatch League", he said.

At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard unveiled a brand new map coming to the team-based shooter Overwatch called "Blizzard World", which is a theme park inspired by the universes of other games from the publisher and developer. An ESPN report cited a source as saying Overwatch had signed with another Chinese broadcaster, though the partner was not specified. Matches will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Although details of "insider content", have been kept quite quiet for now, Twitch has said it will be looking to reward the biggest fans with certain items, cheering emotes and more.

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