Overwatch League’s Opening Week Attracts Over 10 Million Viewers

The inaugural season for Overwatch League attracted more than 10 million spectators from across the world during the opening week, according to Activision.

on January 18, 2018 8:09 PM

Last week, the inaugural season for Activision BLizzard’s Overwatch League officially kicked off, showcasing 12 teams from around the world competing against each other in Blizzard Entertainment’s critically-acclaimed team-based shooter.

According to the publisher, during the four-day event, over 10 million viewers from across the world tuned in to witness the competition and were streaming the event from various websites such as Major League Gaming, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV. On top of that, Activision also revealed that third-party streaming service and exclusive streaming platform of Overwatch League, Twitch garnered a stunning average audience of 408,000, and 280,000 per minute.

Initially announced at BlizzCon 2016, Overwatch League is the first worldwide esports organization with teams representing a specific city. The first season is set to conclude in June while post-season play will commence sometime this July; fans of Overwatch interested in watching future matches can watch on various streaming services, such as the ones listed in the previous paragraph.

For more information on the new esports league, as well as the schedule for upcoming matches, check out the official Overwatch League website. The next match is set to begin tonight at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST with the Philadelphia Fusion and Los Angeles Gladiators squaring off.

Overwatch is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Taylor Lyles is a staff writer at DualShockers. She specializes in gaming hardware, eSports, Virtual Reality, spiritual successors, new releases and upcoming titles. Born and raised in Maryland, Taylor is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Stevenson University. In her free time, she enjoys playing lacrosse, going fishing, studying Fallout lore, and may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with the Dead Rising series.