The Overwatch League has a brand new broadcast partner and it is one of the most recognizable brands in all of sports: ESPN. The sports network's parent firm, Disney, has signed a deal with Blizzard Entertainment which will bring the Overwatch League to the Disney family of programs beginning with the Season 1 Playoffs, the 2 firms announced on Wednesday evening.
As stated by the annoucnement, the arrangement will include the current playoffs, which started on Wednesday night, and will last through the Overwatch World Cup and into the second season of this Overwatch League next year. The deal also mentions that games would extent to a variety of networks including, ESPN, ESPN 2, Disney XD, ABC and streaming solutions. The announcement also includes a broadcast schedule for the remainder of the Overwatch League playoffs that has the first day of the Finals recieving a prime time, 7 p.m. EST, slot on Friday, July 27 on ESPN's primary network.
Up until this announcement, the Overwatch League had an exclusive arrangement with Twitch for broadcasting rights of this competition, but now Disney's network and Twitch's streaming support will both show the games live, according to the announcement. On Twitch.tv you could easily find a lot of professional streamers working on Overwatch boost service. Blizzard has partnered with ESPN to broadcast the company's Heroes of the Dorm championship, a competition centered around Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA, but this does represent the first time both companies have agreed to such a long-term deal.
The Overwatch League playoffs will continue on Friday, July 13 with the culmination of the show involving the Philadelphia Fusion along with the Boston Uprising. The match will be broadcast on the Overwatch League's Twitch channel in Addition to on Disney XD and ESPN3.