Twitch signs deal to become exclusive streaming platform for select Blizzard events

Twitch announced Tuesday it entered a two-year partnership with Blizzard to be the third party platform for select Blizzard esports events. Twitch will stream are the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship, StarCraft II World Championship Series, Hearthstone Championship Tour, Hearthstone Global Games, World of Warcraft Arena Championship, Overwatch APEX League, and Overwatch Premier Series.

“We’ve had great experiences and a long history of working with Twitch, and we’re thrilled that this landmark agreement with them will help us bring some of the most exciting esports action in the world to Twitch fans and everyone who follows Blizzard esports,” Frank Pearce, chief product officer and co-founder of Blizzard, said in a release. “Our esports communities are vital to us. We know there are millions of people out there who love Blizzard esports as much as we do, and we’re committed to making sure they’ll be able to cheer on their favorite players in all of their favorite Blizzard games for a long time to come.”

As a second part of the partnership, Twitch Prime subscribers will be awarded with special in-game loot and deals for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Starting today through Aug. 10, current and new subscribers will receive a Golden Loot Box for Overwatchcontaining a guaranteed legendary item for one of the game’s heroes along with three additional in-game items. Twitch Prime is a subscription based service that rewards subscribers with monthly loot including a number of exclusives, an ad-free viewing experience, and is bundled with Amazon Prime with a monthly fee of $10.99.

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