ABC,Disney and ESPN To Air Overwatch League Finals

Posted by at 2:59 pm on July 11, 2018

2018-03-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney, and ABC networks, Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment announced Wednesday.

Blizzard, ESPN, and Disney have signed an exclusive multi-year broadcasting deal that includes tonight’s playoffs, the Season 1 grand finals taking place at the Barclays Center in New York later this month, and Overwatch League Season 2. Blizzard will announce details about the Overwatch League World Cup at a later date.

Matches will air on ESPN, ESPN 2, Disney XD, and ABC. Coverage will also be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers live on the ESPN and DisneyNOW apps. Fans can still watch on video game livestreaming platform Twitch as well.

Overwatch League’s grand finals will be the first esports competition to air live on ESPN’s flagship network in primetime, and it 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 Disney and ESPN Media Networks executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Justin Connolly,. “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.”

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