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Old 01-18-2018, 08:16 AM   #1
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Overwatch League Hits 10 Million Viewers In First Week


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Blizzard has bet big on the Overwatch League, the competitive Overwatch tournament, and it seems like that bet is paying off. According to GamesIndustry.Biz, Blizzard's esports event won the viewership of ten million people in its opening week.

Although Blizzard has always been moderately involved with esports, the Overwatch League is their biggest push ever, treating it as a sport equal to any other. The ten million number only includes devices tuned into to the various streams, indicating that even more people could have been actually watching.

The most popular match? Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty, which boasted an audience of 437,000 viewers on the first day, a record which has yet to be beaten.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:37 AM   #3
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I love this game it is just unfortunate that the majority of the players don't play like this. Most of the time I deal w/ leavers or they just troll w/ turret based heroes. Very annoying and frustrating. The lower ranks are aids, which is why I've been just playing the Team Deathmatch mode, which is actually pretty fun.
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:33 AM   #4
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I think I played the beta more than the actual release. It's a good game not my favorite but good. Adding free characters and levels has really helped overwatch have leggs. Hopefully other companies take note of that.

10 million views is an awful lot for anything. I been playing games for over 30 years and I give zero F $#ks about e sports. So not really my thing but still impressive.

Also side note how much of overwatches success is related to the large amount of overwatch porn? Or is the porn a result of its success? Like a chicken / egg thing. Because the OW porn started showing up on porn hub during closed beta long before many people played it.
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Considering an eSport can have the entire internet check-in versus a sports stadium or football game that is limited by real world factors like channel subscriptions or physical access, 10 million doesn't seem like that hard of a thing to achieve. Also was this watching a live event or was it 10 million views on a video/stream or collection of videos that were posted?

I would be interested in knowing how Blizzard advertised the league, on what marketing channels, and what they are doing to monetize the league.
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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I been playing games for over 30 years and I give zero F $#ks about e sports. So not really my thing but still impressive.
Same. If I have the time to watch people play video games, I'd rather be...you know... playing. Video games.
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