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Overwatch League Coverage Now Available on ESPN and Disney XD

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Disney XD and Blizzard Entertainment has just announced an exclusive multiyear agreement for live television coverage of the Overwatch League, the world’s first major global city-based esports league.

Beginning with Overwatch League playoff coverage on Wednesday, July 11, across both networks, the 2017–2018 Overwatch League inaugural season concludes with the Grand Finals live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on ESPN and Disney XD July 27–28. All coverage also will be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers to stream live on the ESPN App and DisneyNOW. To round out the 2018 Grand Finals coverage, a recap show highlighting the biggest moments will air July 29 on ABC. The Grand Finals telecast on ESPN marks the first time live competitive gaming has aired on the flagship network in primetime, and will be the first broadcast of an esports championship on ABC.

“The Overwatch League Grand Finals is by far our most comprehensive television distribution for an esports event over a single weekend: 10 total hours over four networks and three days,” said Justin Connolly, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “This overall collaboration with Disney/ABC, ESPN and Blizzard represents our continued commitment to esports, and we look forward to providing marquee Overwatch League coverage across our television platforms for fans.”

“We are pleased to partner with Activision Blizzard to bring Overwatch esports to our audience. The Blizzard team has created a genre-leading esport and a premium professional franchise system in the Overwatch League,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. “We are kicking off the agreement by showcasing the inaugural season playoffs and Grand Finals live across our linear footprint. Together with our telecast partners at ESPN, we look forward to growing a legion of new Overwatch fans across the next two years.”

“We are pleased to partner with Activision Blizzard to bring Overwatch esports to our audience. The Blizzard team has created a genre-leading esport and a premium professional franchise system in the Overwatch League.” – Marc Buhaj

“We’re excited to be working with ESPN and DisneyXD to bring Overwatch esports to an even wider audience,” said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “We’ve seen incredible passion and support from fans during the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and we’re looking forward to capping it off for them with an epic Grand Finals at Barclays Center later this month.”

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will culminate in the Grand Finals, the ultimate showdown for the championship: the first team to win two best-of-five matches at Barclays Center will take home the Overwatch League trophy and the lion’s share of the $1.4 million Grand Finals prize pool. Play begins Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. EDT with the first best-of-five match on ESPN, and continues Saturday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m. EDT with the second and potential third series on Disney XD. This broadcast will air alongside the primary digital viewing experience on Twitch, with the Overwatch League also available via MLG.com. A re-air of day two Grand Finals play will be available on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. EDT. In addition, a recap show of highlights from the Grand Finals will air Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC. The full telecast schedule, from the playoffs through the Grand Finals, is below.

Overwatch League 2017–2018 Playoffs and Grand Finals Telecast Schedule

DateTime (EDT)EventNetwork(s)
Wed, July 118 p.m.Day 1 of QuarterfinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Fri, July 138 p.m.Day 2 of QuarterfinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Sat, July 144 p.m.Day 3 of QuarterfinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Wed, July 188 p.m.Day 1 of SemifinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Fri, July 207 p.m.Day 2 of SemifinalsESPNEWS
Sat, July 217 p.m.Day 3 of SemifinalsESPN2
Fri, July 277 p.m.Day 1 of FinalsESPN
Sat, July 284:30 p.m.Day 2 of FinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Sat, July 289 p.m.Day 2 of FinalsESPN2 (re-air)
Sun, July 293 p.m.Highlights RecapABC, ESPN3

 

Will you watch the Overwatch League coverage? How do you think this partnership will impact esports? Tell us in the comments!

 

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HyperX Sponsors FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic

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HyperX announced its sponsorship of the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic, the first public global PUBG esports event of the 2019 season. HyperX is the official sponsor of mice, mouse pads, DRAM, and SSD products at the global summit and finals. The FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic has a prize pool of $400K and will culminate with the crowning of the first champion of the PUBG Classic series at the ExCeL London.

The HyperX sponsorship includes branding and ad placements in the tournament stream, in-arena branding, and dedicated social media posts. HyperX will be providing memory and SSDs for the systems being used in the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic tournament.

“HyperX recognizes the significance of FACEIT’s inaugural Global Summit: PUBG Classic and what it means for global competitive battle royale esports,” said Stephanie Winkler, strategic marketing, HyperX. “Through the tournament HyperX looks forward to showcasing how professional-grade peripherals and internals give PUBG gamers the competitive edge; whether in a casual squad at home or on a massive international stage such as ExCeL London.”

ExCeL London will host 24 teams from North America (NPL), Europe (PEL), Korea (PKL), China, Japan (PJS), Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macao, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. The teams will compete in an epic multi-stage tournament that marks the end of Phase 1 for PUBG esports. The Summit will also include a show match featuring six community teams who qualified via the FACEIT PUBG Showdown.

“We’re thrilled to partner with HyperX once again on the FACEIT Global Summit. We have a strong history of working together on some of our biggest events such as the FACEIT London Major in 2018, and now on ECS for the entirety of 2019,” said Michele Attisani, Co-Founder & CBO of FACEIT. “We continue to be delighted with the quality of the products they provide and the value they bring to our events, and we look forward to working together on our prestigious global tournament in London this Spring.”

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Event Series “Day One” to Celebrate New Game Titles

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Allied Esports today announced the creation of an original event series called “Day One” that will celebrate the launch of new game titles on the day they are released to the public. The series will kick off with the debut of Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.

Each “Day One” event will bring the title’s community together with prominent influencers and fans playing the game for the first time in front of a streaming audience at the very moment it is made available. FaZe Clan’s Apex, Teeqo, and GwidT will headline the influencer lineup for the debut of the series on Thursday.

“There is nothing like the anticipation around the launch of a new game and ‘Day One’ will take that excitement and deliver an experience, both in-person in Las Vegas and in our stream, that unifies the community in a significant and authentic way,” said Frank Ng, co-CEO of Ourgame Holdings International, owner of Allied Esports. “We look forward to working with publishers like Ubisoft to create a can’t-miss event and must-watch content that generates a powerful buzz and helps drive momentum for their new title.”

Viewers can tune into Allied Esports’ new Twitch channel starting at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 14 for the main stream of the event, which will include gameplay, behind-the-scenes access, and live interviews with influencers and other VIP guests. The stream will be hosted by Anna Prosser and Alex Corea who will be joined by casters Bil “Jump” Carter and Michael “MTashed” Tash.

The debut of “Day One” will include a roster of influencers whose gameplay will be featured on Allied Esports’ main stream as well as on their respective Twitch channels throughout the night. The list of streamers includes: AvaGG, BurkeBlack, Curvyllama, GassyMexican, HayliNic, Lowco, TheHaleyBaby, and Caliverse.

Fans at the inaugural “Day One” party will have the opportunity to play and compete in The Division 2, which will be officially released at 9:01 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 14, with the chance to win special prizes, including copies of the game, new merchandise, products from partners, game codes and more.

Participation in the event is invitation-only, however, by using #DayOneDivision2, fans following the event on social media and tuning into the live stream will also have the chance to win prizes and receive giveaways.

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