Sports Business Jounral reports that Twitch has signed an agreement with Blizzard for a two year contract for the official streaming rights for the popular game’s pro league.
The report states that the deal has cost round $90 million which is slated to be the biggest deal in E-Sports history.
Blizzard responded to the story with the following statement
There’s been some confusion about the scope and parameters of the Twitch deal, so I wanted to share a note to help clarify. For the first two seasons, Twitch is Overwatch League’s exclusive third-party streaming provider, with the exception of China. We’ll still be showing Overwatch League matches on our owned-and-operated channels, which include MLG.com, the MLG app, OverwatchLeague.com and the Overwatch League app. Also, we haven’t announced any broadcast partners for Overwatch League matches on linear television, so it’s not accurate to say Twitch is the ‘exclusive broadcast partner’ of Overwatch League.
We announced that ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV are expected to be the official broadcasting platforms of the Overwatch League in China, providing livestreams, VODs, feature programs, and other exciting esports content to Chinese audiences.
What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction for e-sports or is it too far?