Overwatch has launched a patch that primarily focuses on adding in-game integration for the Overwatch League which is set to begin its first season tomorrow. That's because, technically, the Overwatch League skins haven't gone up for sale just yet.
"The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams", Twitch COO Kevin Lin said.
"We wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond", said Armin Zerza, COO of Blizzard Entertainment. Players tuning in to Twitch during live matches will also be eligible to receive various in-game items as rewards, and though we don't know what the awards might include, the Overwatch League team plans to release more information about different rewards soon. Any Overwatch player that logs in between now and February 13 will be gifted with 100 League Tokens, which is just enough to buy one League skin.
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You can get these Overwatch League tokens simply by following the same steps as you would were you to purchase the skins themselves.
Fans can watch the games live by buying tickets for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday matches.
Activision's decision to go with Twitch as a partner makes sense given the massive reach Twitch has, but it does beg the question why it didn't use mlg.tv (which it acquired)? Weekly schedules are displayed in the new Overwatch League tab in-game. Now we'll see how far it can go.