Twitch Is Now The Only Place You Can Watch Blizzard Tournaments

Video streaming platform Twitch announced a two-year collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment today, where the service will receive exclusive third-party streaming rights to tournaments such as the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship and Overwatch APEX League.

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As esports continues to expand, securing broadcast rights will start to become a growing contest in the industry. Much like bidding for the rights to broadcast the State of Origin, locking down the exclusive stream for a major esports league means guaranteeing all eyes are on your channel.

A spokesman for Twitch confirmed the company would maintain the third-party rights. Outside of Blizzard's own platforms, only Twitch will broadcast Blizzard tournaments — no YouTube, Facebook or other platforms — for the next two years.

When asked about whether it would extend to the upcoming Overwatch League, a Twitch spokesman said that the deal currently extends to the events announced in the initial release, and any additional programs will be announced at a later date.

The tournaments this deal currently covers are:

  • Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC)
  • StarCraft 2 World Championship Series (WCS Circuit)
  • Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT)
  • Hearthstone Global Games (HGG)
  • World of Warcraft Arena Championship
  • Overwatch APEX League
  • Overwatch Premier Series

Blizzard is also implementing Twitch Prime bonuses for their games as part of this deal, so if you have Amazon or Twitch Prime, you will receive a golden Overwatch loot box with a guaranteed legendary.


    Don't mind twitch for watching live, but i've had issues watching old games and pausing and coming back to watching a game.

    Anyone know if this is possible on twitch or is it just pure live only?

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