Overwatch League Getting Viewership Rewards and Clipping on YouTube
At long last — the Overwatch League stream on YouTube is getting viewership rewards along with clipping functionality! One could argue that both of these additions are long overdue but better late than never!
Fans will be able to earn rewards regardless of how they choose to spectate. This means it doesn’t matter if you watch on YouTube, the official OWL website, or the dedicated mobile app as they’re all streaming the same thing. To be eligible for any rewards, all you need to do is create a Blizzard account (if you don’t already have one) and link it to your YouTube account. After that’s done, you need to tune in and the rewards will come automatically!
Fans have been clamoring for clipping functionality since the Overwatch League moved from Twitch to YouTube. Not having the ability to clip and share our favorite moments — the ones that take our breath away — has been sorely missed. Fortunately, our feedback has been heard loud and clear! You can check out the following link for more information.
A Slew of Upgrades
Viewership rewards and clipping aren’t the only two upgrades coming our way! Each match going forward will feature always-on player cameras with live shots of all of the players competing — a nice touch. Then again, Riot Games did the same thing, albeit a year ago — a testament to how much thought and effort they’ve put in when compared to everyone else.
Furthermore, tuning in won’t always be an option with teams competing across multiple different time zones. Fortunately, Blizzard has a solution. Twenty-four matches featuring the New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, and the Los Angeles Valiant (three teams with highly diverse and eclectic fanbases) will be re-streamed as Encore matches at “times better suited to fans in North America.” You can check out the full Encore schedule by clicking here.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be able to enjoy the Overwatch League in glorious 4K (both live and on-demand)! Not as big of a deal as all of the things written above, but still a nice addition.
We hope that these hugely important quality-of-life improvements — along with a revamped season format — will result in one of the most entertaining seasons of the Overwatch League yet! Blizzard will certainly face an uphill battle, but the ship still hasn’t sailed on competitive Overwatch, despite what some folks have been claiming.