This is fine and dandy until you realize that 100 tokens costs $5 to purchase, unless you decide to shell out $100 for enough tokens to buy a certain teams skin for all 26 heroes.
The Overwatch League follows a dozen professional teams headquartered at major cities around the world, although not necessarily made up of people from those cities or actually housed there. "To regularly go with friends or family to a place and watch your team live is a new frontier for esports, and I think it's really exciting".
Games are also being broadcast on MLG, the Overwatch League website and app, and a new tab in Blizzard's Battle.net desktop app. In annual terms, the deal is comparable to the seven-year, $300M deal struck in late '16 by League of Legends publisher Riot Games with BAMTech. If you log in between now and February 13, you'll get 100 League Tokens for free-enough to buy one skin. While the first 2 matches resulted in both Los Angeles teams sweeping the floor with their opponents 4-0, Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty wrapped the night up with an impressive show of skill.
Still, if Blizzard can pull off its goal "to create the world's premier eSports league, where teams and players thrive for years to come", then professional video gaming might be a big step closer to achieving mainstream acceptance.
Along with the launch of the new season, Blizzard is offering plenty of new character skins for players to get their hands on. Completely voluntary and have no impact on the gameplay of the game.
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And finally, there was the standout tie of the opening day, where Dallas Fuel was edged out by Seoul Dynasty.
For now, though, Overwatch League is still in an awkward spot.
The camera changes are fast-paced but not hard to follow.
ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV are expected to be the official broadcasting platforms of the Overwatch League in China, providing livestreams, VODs, feature programs, and other exciting esports content to Chinese audiences. "You have over-the-top advertising opportunities that wouldn't exist in traditional sports".
The patch highlight, however, is the new Overwatch League Team skins.