Earlier this week Blizzard Entertainment announced that they’ve signed contracts with ESPN and Disney XD to bring their critically acclaimed team based shooter Overwatch to TV.
Blizzard signed the exclusive league televising deal, meaning that for the next 2 years, the only channels allowed to televise the league will be ESPN network, ESPN2, Disney XD and ABC. The new agreement does not cancel the distribution agreements already in place, such as Twitch broadcasts.
This is not ESPN or Disney’s first time broadcasting esports events. ESPN has been showing esports competitions for several years on its networks and streaming channels, including the Heroes of the Dorm collegiate competition (in a partnership with Blizzard), the Capcom Cup Street Fighter V finals, and the Evolution Fighting Game Championships to name a few. The Overwatch League Contenders Series was on Disney XD last summer as well. But this is the first time all the networks have come together for a multi-year agreement. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
You can find out more about the game and the league on the official Overwatch site.