Overwatch League is Coming to ESPN and ABC in Multi-Year Deal

Overwatch League is Coming to ESPN and ABC in Multi-Year Deal

Blizzard Entertainment and Disney are teaming up to bring Overwatch League to a bigger audience.

Disney and Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Overwatch League will be coming to the Disney networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. According to a report by ESPN, the deal is a multi-year one, including live and highlight programming related to the League. It begins tonight, with the airing of the Overwatch League playoffs.

The deal will carry through the Overwatch Season grand finals and the second season of the Overwatch League next year. There will be live broadcasts of competitive events and a recap show on ABC.

"We are turning the corner here in terms of our interest and engagement in the esports category," ESPN Vice President of Digital Media Programming John Lasker said. "We've had an interest and have been watching pretty closely how the first year of the Overwatch League has been progressing, and we're really excited to be a part of this. Clearly by the way we're going to be covering it starting with the playoffs and the finals this year certainly speaks volumes to our excitement and our enthusiasm overall for esports moving forward."

"It's a cross section that's a hardcore sports fan, especially on ESPN channels," Activision Blizzard esports leagues CEO Pete Vlastelica said. "They love watching competition, they love watching the best in the world compete at a great game. Maybe they have played video games. Maybe they know of Overwatch. Maybe they even play Overwatch or play it a lot. But they're fundamentally looking to be entertained by the highest possible level of competition around a great game. And that's what we've got."

The full schedule for the rest of the season is as follows:

Date Time (ET) Event Networks
July 11 8pm, 10pm Day 1 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
July 13 8pm Day 2 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
July 14 4pm Day 3 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
July 18 8pm, 10pm Day 1 of Semifinals Disney XD, ESPN3
July 20 7pm Day 2 of Semifinals ESPNEWS
July 21 7pm Day 3 of Semifinals ESPN2
July 27 7pm Day 1 of Finals ESPN
July 28 4:30pm Day 2 of Finals Disney XD, ESPN3
July 28 9pm Day 2 of Finals ESPN2 (Re-air)
July 29 3pm Highlights Recap ABC, ESPN3

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