Those who have enjoyed watching Overwatch League matches will now receive in-game benefits for doing so.
Blizzard has announced Overwatch League and Twitch are teaming up, and starting today viewers will be able to earn skins, emotes, and team-themed items, as well as League Tokens, just by watching their favorite teams face-off. Full details are available on the Overwatch League site.
Overwatch League Cheering is a new feature unique to Twitch which allows fans to unlock in-game skins, emotes, and team-branded items by Cheering their favorite team using Bits, a virtual item Twitch offers. Skins offered via the system are exclusive to Cheering for a time, and a Cheer leaderboard will track top participants.
Viewers who link their Battle.net accounts with Twitch will also be able to earn one League Token each time a map concludes during a live broadcast, with a chance to win 100 League Tokens, which is sufficient to purchase a single team skin. The League Token reward program is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in select countries through the end of the inaugural season of Overwatch League, and may expand to further countries in the future.
Twitch is also developing a VIP ticket which unlocks even more in-game rewards, behind-the-scenes content, and other perks. Details on VIP tickets will be announced in the future.
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