Overwatch League Had More Than 10 Million Viewers In Its First Week

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The first season of the Overwatch League runs until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July.

The official league for Blizzard's popular game got off to a strong start in its first week, with a peak of over 400,000 viewers on day one, and over 10 million across the week as a whole. Viewers were split across Twitch, MLG, and the three Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, Netease CC, and Panda TV. Participation in the real world was quite healthy as well; tickets for opening week at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles Country were completely sold out.

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Toyota will be a North American Launch Partner for the Overwatch League, and is looking forward to future collaborations around bringing behind-the-scenes content to fans. Featuring the best players in the world and instantly-classic matchups like the "Best in the West" Dallas Fuel versus the "Best in the World" Seoul Dynasty, it was more than fans could have hoped for in the year and a half leading up to the league debut. Also, according to Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch (who paid $90 million Dollars for a two-year deal of exclusive streaming), the Overwatch League "demonstrates the power and potential of esports". "They really put on an wonderful show and fans showed up en masse to support and celebrate Overwatch". According to Blizzard statistics, the opening weekend drew more than 10 million viewers worldwide. The latest addition to Blizzard's stable of twenty-one #1 games, Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences.

The Overwatch League's second week will begin tonight at 7:00 PM with the San Francisco Shock facing off against the Philadelphia Fusion. OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE, BLIZZARD and BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

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