The upcoming Overwatch League gets two huge sponsorship deals. In a press release on Thursday it was announced that HP Inc. and Intel will be supporting the new Overwatch League. The sponsorship is “multi-year”and Blizzard has provided no further information than this about the contract length. Blizzard released no information about the financial terms of the deal.
In addition, Intel and HP will be providing technology for the league. All HP will provide all PCs and Intel i7 processors will power them. The contract requires Blizzard’s complete exclusivity with HP and Intel.
The Overwatch League is already receiving plenty of financial support from the teams who bought into the league. Each team had to pay $20 million to buy into a spot in the league.
Most of the teams are owned by individuals who also own traditional sports teams. The Overwatch League’s revenue sharing model will be similar to those seen in professional sport leagues. This will allow for these owners and other stakeholders to benefit from sponsorships such as those from Intel and HP.
Pete Vlastelica, the President and CEO of Blizzard’s Major League Gaming Division expressed his support for the sponsorship stating: “We’re thrilled to be joining forces with HP and Intel to ensure that the teams competing professionally in Overwatch are equipped with top-end technology. Multiyear collaborations such as this illustrate the momentum behind the Overwatch League as well as a long-term commitment by us and our partners in what we see as the future of eSports.”
Intel has been supporting the eSports industry for over 12 years.
The Overwatch League will begin on January 10, 2018. Preseason matches among the first 12 teams start on December 6.
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