The Overwatch League kicks off today, with preseason beginning this afternoon for viewers in the US. But despite how close we are to the start of the tournament, it’s still not entirely clear where it’ll be broadcast.
Here's everything we know about the Overwatch League.
Blizzard have announced when and where you can watch the OWL, telling players they’ll be able to watch it on OverwatchLeague.com and MLG.com. Confusion has arisen, however, from the fact that nowhere does it suggest the Blizzard will be streaming their new esports series via Twitch.
That’s despite Twitch and Blizzard announcing an ongoing partnership back in June. While that announcement doesn’t specifically mention the OWL, it does talk about Overwatch itself, but much of it focuses on exclusive Blizzard loot for Twitch Prime members, rather than any specific streaming arrangements.
One Reddit thread suggests that it’s likely Blizzard employ the same broadcast method as they did for the World Cup. Players were told they could watch those matches on the official World Cup site, which simply hosted a Twitch stream of the event on a separate site. Just to confuse you, however, a moderator on the Overwatch subreddit said they’d reached out to a community manager, and had been told that “preseason matches will only be streamed on overwatchleague.com.”
The Overwatch League starts at 16:00 PST (Midnight tonight in the UK), and will run until December 9. We’ve reached out to Blizzard for clarification on exactly how you can watch it.