The Overwatch League YouTube transition reportedly included a fat payday for Activision Blizzard, netting the entertainment conglomerate a total of $160 million for the three-year deal. This deal also includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Hearthstone.
The Esports Observer reports that they’ve been in contact with sources who have inside information on the move. The switch to YouTube is part of a greater partnership between ActiBlizz and Google which also provides cloud computing services to Activision Blizzard.
Previously, the Overwatch League had reportedly signed a two-year deal with Twitch for $90 million. Now, Activision Blizzard will be bringing Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Hearthstone to the video platform. The majority of the money is said to be directed towards the Overwatch League with the Call of Duty League getting a smaller portion and Hearthstone basically being tossed in as a freebie.
While this is an impressive amount of money, the sources speaking on the Overwatch League YouTube deal also note that there are “significant” incentive clauses which could see Activision Blizzard net even more cash in the long run.