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ESPN to air Overwatch League finals as esports go prime time

ESPN to air Overwatch League finals as esports go prime time

Walt Disney will air the playoffs and finals of the Overwatch League on ESPN and other networks under a multiyear deal with Activision Blizzard Inc. that underscores the growing popularity of professional video-game competition.

Live coverage starts July 11 with the playoffs on the Disney XD channel. ESPN will show the finals live starting July 27 at 7 p.m. New York time, with a second day planned on Disney XD and ESPN3. The championship will be broadcast from the Barclays Center in New York, where both days are sold out.

The Overwatch title came out in 2016 and its popularity led to the creation of a professional league, with players vying in a cartoonish shooting game to...

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