Overwatch League fans are about to get a whole lot happier with YouTube

Until things get back to normal, Overwatch League fans are going to have to continue to get their fix in front of a screen. And by that we’re not talking sitting in front of the Jumbotron at Rogers Arena, Allen Event Center, or imaginatively titled Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington. Instead, YouTube will continue to be a prime viewing platform—this coming after a recent switch from Twitch. And for tuning in on YouTube, Overwatch League fans will be able to collect viewership rewards.

In a press release, Overwatch League announced a series of initiatives designed to making the viewing experience of fans “even better and more rewarding.”

Up for grabs will be league tokens, skins, and sprays. Rewards can be earned directly on OL’s official YouTube channel, as well as by tuning in on overwatchleague.com. To begin reaping the benefits, fans need to create a Blizzard account, and then link to their YouTube account.

It’s safe to say that the past year has been a challenging one for Overwatch League. The 2020 season was supposed to all about potentially lucrative homestands with live audiences in major arenas. Instead play shifted to an online format after COVID-19 forced the world into lockdown.

The 2021 season will feature four in-season tournaments, as well as teams competing in two regions. For those who have trouble keeping a daytimer to plan out every minut detail of their life, match times will be standardized.

This will make it easier to catch up on matches played in different time zones, whether that means in North America or Europe or China. All matches will be rebroadcast at 9:30 a.m. pacific time, starting on April 17.

And the great news doesn’t stop there for fans tuning in on YouTube. Matches will be broadcast in crisp and clear 4K on YouTube, as well as on the OL website and mobile app.

One of the big criticisms of Overwatch League’s move from Twitch to YouTube was the lack of a clipping function, not to mention POV shots of players. Both of those will now be available on YouTube this coming season.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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