The Overwatch League season is coming to an end, which means it’s time for Play-offs! The end-of-season affair began yesterday with the first round of matches. Matches will take place every day this week, culminating in the Grand Finals on Friday.
Not only can you watch some of the best Overwatch 2 The players in the world stand out (prepare to see a lot of Winston and Kiriko, if we’re to judge from day one), but you can earn some in-game rewards thanks to YouTube Drops.
To do this, you will need to link your Battle.net and YouTube accounts. Select the Battle.net option on the Connected Apps page of YouTube settings and follow the instructions. You can link your accounts when an Overwatch League broadcast is in progress by clicking or tapping the Rewards icon below the OWL YouTube stream. You’ll see a “Connected” icon below your YouTube stream once you’re set up.
It’s worth noting that only personal YouTube accounts are eligible — not brands. You’ll earn rewards when you watch live webcasts on your computer, in the YouTube mobile app, on the YouTube mobile site, and through the YouTube picture-in-picture player on your phone or tablet. Any time you spend watching Overwatch League broadcasts on other streaming websites or the YouTube app on TVs, game consoles, or other media devices, you won’t make any progress toward any of the rewards.
There are a few other places where you can earn rewards: the Overwatch League website and mobile app. There are a few advantages to taking this route. First, you don’t need a YouTube or Google account. You will only need to log in with your Battle.net credentials to earn rewards. Second, the app and website homepage will have the live stream front and center. You won’t have to search the Overwatch League YouTube channel to find the right video.
It’s worth checking the official Overwatch League perks rules to see if you actually qualify for the rewards. People who are legal residents of certain countries will not earn rewards for watching Overwatch League matches live on YouTube.
And what are those rewards, you might be wondering?
You’ll earn OWL tokens, which you can use to purchase Overwatch League team skins and themed Legendary skins that become available from time to time. These skins are more expensive than what was inside Overwatch 1, so this week is a good chance to earn a bunch of tokens and unlock the skins you want. You will receive five tokens for every hour of OWL Play-offs and Grand Finals that you watch. If you achieve 30 hours of cumulative watch time, you will receive an additional 100 tokens.
You can also earn Overwatch League home and away skins for each hero if you haven’t unlocked them in previous events. You’ll get a few skins for each of the heroes from the original game after every three hours of watch time you accumulate until November 3rd (or the November 4th replay — more on that in a second). You will also receive additional rewards such as sprays, player icons and the Lúcio Dance Party emote. Here’s a diagram that breaks down how it all works:
If you spend enough time watching the Grand Finals on Friday, you’ll receive skins for the final three heroes — Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko — a stylish name card and spray, as well as the usual five OWL tokens per hour.
For clarity, you can watch the matches and earn rewards on the Overwatch League YouTube channel, the Overwatch League app, and the Overwatch League website. Only official live streams are eligible.
If you missed Sunday’s games, it’s actually not too late to earn rewards for them. You can watch an official replay stream, which starts at 9:30 AM. ET on Monday. There will be replays for all other broadcasts, including the Grand Finals.
Games begin at 5:30 p.m. ET every day through Thursday, with four games per day. Replays will begin at 9:30 am. ET the following morning.
As for the Grand Finals, the event begins at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, with two games to go. The replay for this will begin at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday.
If you’re not sure what those times are in your time zone, check the schedule on the Overwatch League website. All times are shown in your local time.
If any of this information is not completely clear to you, hit me up on twitter. I am happy to help. And enjoy the Play-offs and Grand Finals! Should be a great week.
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