¿Is Overwatch League’s returning to the TV?
It appears we might see Overwatch League’s return to the TV sooner rather than later, as reported by esportsobserver.com. According to the former, Activision Blizzard eSports has been in talks with ESPN behind the scenes once again after their TV deal ended last season with no renewal, leaving Overwatch League out of the traditional medium and exclusively within YouTube’s streaming realm as per the exclusive digital streaming rights deal between the two companies, reported as worth $160M USD total for 3 years.
The report suggests Activision has been keeping up their efforts to strike new TV deals, and it appears the sports shutdown due to COVID-19 may have accelerated Overwatch League’s return to the home box, as the NBC Sports Group has been reported to have partaken in recent talks that would’ve seen OWL’s matches appear in NBC owned channels throughout the United States.
OWL is known for their novel approach to the scene by having teams make home bases in cities around the world, adding the concept of home versus visitor matches in the League, making the NBC deal potentially quite beneficial for the teams trying to get local media coverage. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there is hope that more news will surface over the next few weeks.
ESPN could once again be Overwatch League’s venue into the realm of television, however, as the lack of live programming has led the former to explore new different alternatives, such as broadcasting Riot Games’ LCS Playoffs, however not much has been officially said about a new partnership between these two known associates in OWL and ESPN.
The rest of the OWL matches will be played online, as a continued effort to prevent exposing the players to the virus.
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