With the recent launch of the new Overwatch League, Blizzard has cooked up a neat way to get fans tuning in to the Twitch streams of the competition. Each time players finish watching a live map, they’ll receive a single Overwatch token. Provided that gamers keep on watching and collecting the tokens, the rewards can eventually be exchanged for a cosmetic league skin.
Blizzard recently introduced the league-based skins in a January patch update, with the caveat that they were only available through purchase. Each skin runs gamers about 100 Overwatch tokens, or about $5. Now, Overwatch fans have the alternative of tuning in to league games to build up their stockpile of tokens. While it’ll certainly take a hefty amount of time to save up for one cosmetic skin, a free route to cosmetic content is never a bad thing. It’s also a smart way for Twitch and Blizzard to boost viewership of the burgeoning league.
To help sweeten the pot, players who tune into the final match of each broadcast will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win 100 tokens. Twitch wasn’t completely clear on what percentage of players will actually be rewarded the bonus prize, though one can imagine just a select few will get the instant goods. This week, Ubisoft ran a similar promotion during the Six Invitational for Rainbow Six Siege, where users logging in at certain times of the tournament and those watching for longer increments of time were rewarded with in-game charms.
Twitch viewers must connect their Battle.net accounts with their Twitch account to participate in the token giveaway. Thus far, only gamers hailing from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or Taiwan are eligible. The second stage of the official Overwatch League launched today, with Blizzard confirming that the company is still looking for new ways to improve the league.
Overwatch is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.