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Twitch announced earlier today that it has signed a deal with to become Blizzard’s exclusive third-party streaming platform “from now through 2018.”
The recently-announced collaboration will make Twitch the one third-party service for gamers to watch “more than 20 Blizzard tournaments.”
eSports has been making a big impact in the gaming community. The newest licensing agreement brings together the top social videogame platform and one of the top well-known game developers. Fans of Overwatch, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft will be able to watch content from many of Blizzard’s events, including:
- Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC)
- StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS Circuit)
- Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT)
- Hearthstone Global Games (HGG)
- World of Warcraft Arena Championship
- Overwatch APEX League
- Overwatch Premier Series
“We’ve had great experiences and a long history of working with Twitch, and we’re thrilled that this landmark agreement with them will help us bring some of the most exciting esports action in the world to Twitch fans and everyone who follows Blizzard esports,” said Frank Pearce, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Our esports communities are vital to us. We know there are millions of people out there who love Blizzard esports as much as we do, and we’re committed to making sure they’ll be able to cheer on their favorite players in all of their favorite Blizzard games for a long time to come.”
Members of Twitch Prime will be getting in-game loot and offers for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, including a Golden Loot Box for Overwatch players that comes with a legendary item.