Instead, the main thrust of this update is to make it easy for players to enjoy Overwatch League, the Blizzard-crafted esports gaming organization. In the future, the idea is that the season will become home-and-away, with teams across the globe building their own venues and the squads travelling across oceans to participate.
The teams met in combat for the first time during the preseason, December 6-9. But for a first-round match in a new game in the esports world, 350k ranks it around the 20th most watched esports event ever. Needless to say, the SoCal team took the last map, Numbani, to sweep the NoCal team clean 4-0.
Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon became a big name in the Overwatch scene when she was just 17, after she was bombarded with cheating accusations and death threats over her masterful play of pink-haired better-biceps-than-you-haver Zarya.
"It's a ways before you're going to see certain revenue streams, but we're already seeing a lot of traction and enthusiasm from fans", Kotick said in an interview that aired on "Fast Money". "Overwatch" players can now stream a league game whenever one goes live, using the new Overwatch League menu option, as Blizzard listed out in their forum post.
Later today three more matches are set to happen starting at 5PM PST, and the festivities will run through Saturday night, concluding the first week of the League. That's a lot of Overwatch for a game that is still in its infancy when compared to eSports' biggest hitters, but it's clear that Blizzard has a lot of faith in its FPS justifying the investment. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at https://overwatchleague.com/.
Clearly, Fleta has had about the best debut performance a player could ask for and has further cemented popular opinion that Seoul Dynasty is the team to beat in the league. New team skins plus a host of new updates have been released, as indicated in the "Overwatch" patch notes for January 10.
There are two major additions new to all versions of the game. The league hopes its city-based team structure, which is typical for traditional sports leagues, will encourage fan engagement and drive growth.
Another important function of the Blizzard Arena, Kaplan said, is the ability to have complete control over the broadcast experience of its games.
© 2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. It has also announced plans to add custom Overwatch League "cheermotes", which will be revealed at a later date.