Blizzard has just started the professional league for their first FPS game Overwatch last week, and it had a very successful start. In just one week, the Overwatch League reaches more than 10 million viewers.
The league season started last week in Los Angeles. The 10 million figure for people who watched the first wave of competition spans all networks, including Twitch, along with Activision’s own MLG service. It also covers international partners such as ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV in China.
The number may be higher because it doesn’t include people at viewing parties and relates only to unique users. According to esports figure Ben Goldhaber, the Overwatch League streams reached a peak concurrent user record of 437,000 during the first-day battle between Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty.
Overwatch League has peaked over 415k viewers. On Day 1. #OWL2018
— Ben Goldhaber (@FishStix) January 11, 2018
“Based on the response from the community, Overwatch League is off to a great start and we look forward to watching how the season progresses. This league demonstrates the power and potential of esports, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with Blizzard” Kevin Lin, Twitch COO
With such a huge PR, it’s no surprise that Overwatch League attracted that many viewers. But it still a great start for the event. Let’s see if the number will fall off in the following weeks, or will it continue to climb.