Blizzard and Disney are partnering up to bring the Overwatch League to Disney's stable of channels including ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and Disney XD, all considered "traditional TV channels". Disney's networks will also broadcast OWL matches next season. Justin Connolly, executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing with Disney and ESPN Media Networks, echoed similar sentiments, highlighting how the deal is by far their most comprehensive television distribution for an esports event over a single weekend (referring to the finals). Twitch purchased streaming rights just before its first matches for $90 million over two years, and the league's channel has had more than 107 million total views.
"We are turning the corner here in terms of our interest and engagement in the esports category", ESPN Vice President of Digital Media Programming John Lasker said on the website's story. After the first regular season ended, we discussed how the Overwatch League is changing the way we think about eSports, and it appears that those measures Blizzard took to make it stand out are paying off.
While the deal focuses on live and full replays of Overwatch competition and recap show on ABC, there is a broad swath of digital rights that the networks "plan to take full advantage of", according to Lasker. That might include highlight packages for ESPN digital platforms or even supplemental content catered toward fans who might not be as familiar with Overwatch.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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ESPN, and parent company Disney, are no stranger to esports. Each distribution point represents a different demographic that could be interested in Overwatch esports, from the hardcore sports fans of ESPN to the younger audience of Disney XD.
Overwatch is a team-based first-person shooter, with two teams of six players competing over various objectives. The NHL also recently signaled its desire to ramp up its efforts around esports to "build more interest and a greater connectivity to our game through the hockey video game", Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a recent interview with ESPN.
For the immediate moment, that's going to lead to quite a bit of coverage of the Overwatch League playoffs, which begin Wednesday with quarterfinals at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
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