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Overwatch League's debut stream ruled Twitch last night

Overwatch League's debut stream ruled Twitch last night
From Engadget - January 11, 2018

Six teams from the OWL's 12-team league roster played in the day's three matches: In the inaugural game, home team Los Angeles Valiant soundly defeated San Francisco Shock 4-0, Los Angeles Gladiators swept Shanghai Dragons 4-0, and Seoul Dynasty beat Dallas Fuel 2-1. From photos and footage, it looked like the teams played to a packed house at the LA eSports arena. But far more tuned in on Twitch, which officially announced on Tuesday that it would be the only broadcaster (besides Blizzard itself) streaming the first two years of OWL.

Blizzard has been investing a lot in the OWL -- and to be fair, so have the deep-pocketed backers of each team, which had to pay an alleged $20 million per to secure a slot in the first year. The league is a huge stab at pushing eSports into the mainstream, and it's been designed to appeal to traditional sports fans: Teams are based in cities, games have been pushed to reasonable nightly (North American) hours and there's plenty of merch in-game and IRL to represent your squad. Blizzard's investment extends to players, too, justifying a $50,000 minimum salary as a stabilizing force so the players can focus on playing.

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