Overwatch League launch day was a polished success

13 January, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Carmen Reese
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Blizzard is desperate to turn the Overwatch League into esport's next big thing, and they will do anything to get there. This is fine and dandy until you realize that 100 tokens costs $5 to purchase, unless you decide to shell out $100 for enough tokens to buy a certain teams skin for all 26 heroes. There were multiple times in 2017 where the announced launch date in "Quarter 3" and the subsequent pushing back of the date made me think twice if the Overwatch League would ever happen.

These numbers also don't include Chinese viewers, anyone watching on the MLG stream, or people watching on the official phone app.

Make sure to catch up on Overwatch League's day one results before the mayhem continues tonight at 2 p.m PT/5 p.m. ET, starting with London Spitfire and Florida Mayhem. 12 teams will square off over six-months to figure out which city's collected players deserve the title of best Overwatch team.

Activision Blizzard, along with the likes of Take-Two Interactive TTWO -which is set to tip off its National Basketball Association franchise-backed NBA 2K esports league later this year-hope that these more polished products, which feature official teams in uniforms with fans in attendance and multiple broadcasts in different languages, will attract the average sports fan. Thus, it wasn't long before members of the press started asking about her - and the complete absence of women players in general - during media day Q&As that were meant to introduce teams' rosters.

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Thankfully, the final match of the night between Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty was a lot more exciting. It may have money to spare - its parent company, Activision Blizzard, Inc., earned $6.61 billion in 2016 - but it doesn't have a lot of experience running professional game tournaments. If a player is doing particularly well, or the commentary is focusing on them, the camera sticks on them until a major play takes place.

But Blizzard's push to publicize the Overwatch League would be futile if the matches themselves weren't up to scratch. Big name commentators such as Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist were signed, owners like the New England Patriots Robert Kraft had bought into the league, but until the opening day came, I was still skeptical.

Also akin to traditional sports, these teams will be battling it out over a gruelling regular season and postseason schedule.



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