Overwatch League fans will now only see the third season of the e-sports competition exclusively on YouTube Gaming. Activision Blizzard and YouTube have partnered for several years. The Call of Duty League and events from Hearthstone, World of Warcraft or Warcraft 3 are also part of the deal.
Activision Blizzard and YouTube have announced a multi-year partnership. As a result, all of the company's e-sports competitions will be shown exclusively on YouTube Gaming in the future. Activision previously had a two-year deal with Twitch in January 2018. The most famous competitions include the Overwatch League and the newly founded Call of Duty League.
The Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2 and Warcraft 3: Reforged e-sports events are also part of the cooperation between Activision Blizzard and YouTube. How much money the people in charge of Google paid for the deal has not yet been announced. In any case, the competitor Twitch will lose a large partner. We will see how the move will affect Overwatch League attendance from February 8, 2020.
The start of the Call of Duty League a few days ago attracted around 102,900 viewers at the same time before the live stream. The average number of spectators at the weekend was just under 50,000. In recent months, YouTube Gaming, Mixer and Facebook Gaming have repeatedly tried to weaken Twitch's market leadership with exclusive streamer deals. The most famous change was from Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, who went to Mixer for about $ 20 to $ 30 million. Activision Blizzard will also use Google's cloud services in the future to improve the network infrastructure of its own games.
via Business insider
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