×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ESPN, Disney, ABC Airing Overwatch League

The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney, and ABC networks, “Overwatch” developer Blizzard Entertainment announced Wednesday.

Blizzard, ESPN, and Disney have signed an exclusive multi-year broadcasting deal that includes tonight’s playoffs, the Season 1 grand finals taking place at the Barclays Center in New York later this month, and Overwatch League Season 2. Blizzard will announce details about the Overwatch League World Cup at a later date.

Matches will air on ESPN, ESPN 2, Disney XD, and ABC. Coverage will also be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers live on the ESPN and DisneyNOW apps. Fans can still watch on video game livestreaming platform Twitch as well.

Overwatch League’s grand finals will be the first esports competition to air live on ESPN’s flagship network in primetime, and it will be the first broadcast of an esports championship on ABC.

“The Overwatch League Grand Finals is by far our most comprehensive television distribution for an esports event over a single weekend: 10 total hours over four networks and three days,” said Disney and ESPN Media Networks executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Justin Connolly,. “This overall collaboration with Disney/ABC, ESPN and Blizzard represents our continued commitment to esports, and we look forward to providing marquee Overwatch League coverage across our television platforms for fans.”

This is not the first time ESPN has aired a Blizzard esports event. It broadcast the first two seasons of Heroes of the Dorm, a college-level championship for Blizzard’s multiplayer online battle arena game “Heroes of the Storm.” The third season, however, aired exclusively on Facebook last year.

The Overwatch League Grand Finals begin on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. EDT with the first best-of-five match on ESPN, and it continues on Saturday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. EDT with the second and potential third series on Disney XD. Day two of the grand finals will re-air on ESPN 2 at 9 p.m. EDT. There will also be a highlight show airing Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC.

Overwatch League 2017–2018 Playoffs and Grand Finals Telecast Schedule (all times Eastern):

Date Time (EDT) Event Network(s)
Wed, July 11 8 p.m.& 10 p.m. Day 1 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Fri, July 13 8 p.m. Day 2 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Sat, July 14 4 p.m. Day 3 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Wed, July 18 8 p.m.& 10 p.m. Day 1 of Semifinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Fri, July 20 7 p.m. Day 2 of Semifinals ESPNEWS
Sat, July 21 7 p.m. Day 3 of Semifinals ESPN2
Fri, July 27 7 p.m. Day 1 of Finals ESPN
Sat, July 28 4:30 p.m. Day 2 of Finals Disney XD, ESPN3
Sat, July 28 9 p.m. Day 2 of Finals ESPN2 (re-air)
Sun, July 29 3 p.m. Highlights Recap ABC, ESPN3

 

More Gaming

  • Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality

    Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

    At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server [...]

  • 'Devil May Cry 5' Ships Two

    'Devil May Cry 5' Ships Two Million Copies in First Two Weeks

    “Devil May Cry 5,” the latest entry in the long-running stylish action series from Capcom, shipped over 2 million units globally in its first two weeks. Capcom announced on Friday that the game achieved that milestone across the various platforms it’s appeared on, including Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It’s enjoyed a massively successful [...]

  • 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Gets New

    'Star Wars Battlefront II' Gets New Capital Supremacy Mode Next Week

    Electronic Arts’ online shooter “Star Wars: Battlefront II” is getting a new game mode called Capital Supremacy next week, the publisher announced on Friday. “Starting Mar. 26, the forces of the Galactic Republic and Separatists clash in Capital Supremacy – an immersive, Clone Wars-era authentic experience in ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ – where non-linear ground [...]

  • What Game Workers Can Learn From

    What Game Workers Can Learn From Other Labor Organizations

    One year ago at GDC, Game Workers Unite packed a room with developers from across the industry hoping to take a stand against challenging, sometimes abusive, work conditions. The group has had a significant presence at this year’s event, with unionization even taking center stage during the Game Developers Choice Awards. The Game Workers Unite [...]

  • Dire Wolf Brings 'Eternal' and 'Raiders

    Dire Wolf Brings 'Eternal,' 'Raiders of the North Sea' to Switch This Spring

    Dire Wolf announced it’s bringing the popular free-to-play digital collectible card game “Eternal” and board game “Raiders of the North Sea” to Nintendo Switch this spring. “Eternal” and “Raiders of the North Sea” will mark the studio’s first Nintendo Switch titles, and will mark Dire Wolf’s first releases in their recently-announced bid to bring digital [...]

  • The 'PUBG Mobile' Club Open Gets

    The 'PUBG Mobile' Club Open Gets $2.5 Million Prize Pool

    The “PUBG Mobile” Club Open (PMCO) will have a $2.5 million prize pool when it debuts this year, developer PUBG Corp. and publisher Tencent announced on Friday. “PUBG Mobile” esports director James Yang made the announcement during a celebration for the battle royale title’s first anniversary. The PMCO features a Spring and Fall Split. The [...]

  • Cinematic Platformer 'Stela' Focuses on Depth,

    Cinematic Platformer 'Stela' Focuses on Depth, Mystery

    Depth means a lot of things in game design. It sometimes alludes to how intricate a system of combat or movement is under the surface. It could also focus on how many layers of character development a story features. Depth is a concept that most developers try to tackle at some point while designing their [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content