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Sport1 has claimed a number of rights to broadcast competitions from Blizzard Entertainment on a new pay-TV eSports channel. The German commercial broadcaster has signed a two-year agreement which will see the coverage of the Overwatch League, amongst other Blizz properties.
ESports1 will show both live coverage and highlights of the Overwatch League, covering the regular season, as well as the play-offs and finals. The channel covers Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and looks to be one of the hallmark places for all things Overwatch going forward for those particular areas. It isn’t just the popular shooter that will be broadcast either, with the rights package also bringing coverage of the digital card game Hearthstone.
Jamie Pollack, vice president of business development and media rights for Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, revealed his excitement to be working with Sport1: “Germany has always been a top market for Blizzard games, and as such it is very exciting to work with Sport1. Being a part of the new channel perfectly aligns with our goal to increase reach and make the Overwatch League and Hearthstone esports more accessible to German fans.”
Daniel von Busse, chief operating officer for TV at Sport1, added: “With its strong global positioning as one of the most prestigious developers and marketers of entertainment software, Blizzard Entertainment is an optimal partner for our new channel ESports1. With the Overwatch League and Hearthstone esports, as well as highlights from last year’s thrilling Overwatch World Cup, we are offering three premium esports tournament series on ESports1 that will excite and delight many fans.”