Today Overwatch League announced changes to the way fans can watch the streams.
Last season, the Overwatch League drastically changed its viewing capabilities change platform from Twitch to YouTube. The move was unpopular with fans, as YouTube lacked many features that made Twitch viewership unique and engaging.
On Twitch, you can earn tokens for the time you watch live games to spend on Overwatch League skins and in-game sprays. The League channel also had a premium subscription package that gave players access to the Command Center – a tool that allowed fans to customize their views of the game.
Today’s changes seem to bring some of the same Twitch benefits to YouTube.
“You will be able to watch live matches and earn rewards directly Overwatch League YouTube channel as well as on overwatchleague.com and the Overwatch League mobile app, ”the Overwatch League announced on its website.
In the middle of last season, the Overwatch League somewhat restored the opportunity to earn tokens. But to do so, fans had to bypass YouTube, the primary platform, and watch matches live on overwatchleague.com or in the league’s mobile app. Now that you’re connected to your YouTube and Blizzard accounts, you can earn tokens the old-fashioned way.
4K resolution also comes to OWL matches, as do player face cameras and the ability to create clips. Clip for YouTube has been announced but is still in testing and only available for a few channels that now include the Overwatch League.
“All Overwatch League matches – live and on-demand” on our YouTube channel will include editing functionality that allows you to edit and share your favorite moments in up to 60 seconds of video, “the announcement said.
Clips were the primary way to share the game’s highlights, and were almost wiped out when the league jumped platforms. Having that functionality back will be a big plus for fans (I know it’s for me.)
The Overwatch League starts on April 16, but you can get a head start on earning tokens by watching The Experimental Card Tournament on March 26.