The next time your tune for a Blizzard official game stream event, you’ll only have two choices now – Blizzard themselves or Twitch. There will be no more Youtube, Mixer, Facebook or anywhere else, starting today. You see, Twitch and Blizzard have signed an exclusive two-year worldwide deal that makes Twitch the only third-party place to see any of Blizzards games streamed.
With this agreement, Twitch gains the rights to stream all of Blizzard’s esports properties, which includes the following;
- Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC)
- StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS Circuit)
- Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT)
- Hearthstone Global Games (HGG)
- World of Warcraft Arena Championship
- Overwatch APEX League
- Overwatch Premier Series
This agreement will run up until 2018. In addition, all Twitch Prime/Amazon Prime members will receive various special in-game loot and deals, thanks to this agreement. In fact, starting today and up until August 10th, members will receive a Golden Loot Box for Overwatch.
There will be other offers for various other Blizzard games in the upcoming future as well – Twitch has already stated that we’ll see at least 10 additional loot boxes. As an added bonus, every loot box will include a guaranteed legendary. Yes, I know you’re excited, but please try to calm down.
I can only imagine what Blizzard and Twitch have in store for Destiny 2 when it arrives on PC, later this year.
Source: Twitch Blog