After a long, long wait, the Overwatch League is back for its fourth season. This highest level of Overwatch esports returns at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, and you can watch it on YouTube and the Overwatch League app and website.
There are a couple of tantalizing games to get things going, starting with the battle for Texas between Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws. Immediately after that, Grant “moth” Espe will have a quick reunion with the teammates he has won back-to-back OWL Championships with, as his Los Angeles Gladiators face off against the mighty San Francisco Shock.
There are a few changes in store for this year’s shows. You can earn OWL Tokens (which you can use for Overwatch League in-game skins) by watching the matches live on YouTube, in addition to the OWL app and website. You’ll also get to watch matches in 4K for the first time this year and earn a special Opening Weekend Spray designed by Watchpoint host Soe Gschwind.
Danny Lim, who was part of the season 2 broadcast crew, joins the Watchpoint office alongside Soe and the former Overwatch pros Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson.
There are also some changes on the shoutcaster side. Jake Lyon returned to Houston Outlaws as a player and coach after playing games last season. Wolf Schröder and Robert “hexagrams” Kirkbride will not be returning to the caster booth this season either.
Newcomers Victoria “VikkiKitty” Perez and Kevin “AVRL” Walker, as well as Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, who returns after leaving OWL at the end of the 2019 season, are up to the task. Here is how the roulette duos are formed:
- Brennon “Bren” Hook (piece by piece) and Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson (color)
- Victoria “VikkiKitty” Perez (play by play) and Jack “Jaws” Wright (color)
- Seth “Achilios” King (piece by piece) and Kevin “AVRL” Walker (color)
- Andrew “ZP” Rush (play-by-play) and Erik “DoA” Lonnquist (color)
- Mitch “Uber” Leslie (piece by piece) and Matt “Mr X” Morello (color)
There are a whopping 14 games on the schedule this weekend. This is the first week of qualifying for the May Melee, the first of four tournaments to be held during the regular season. The current plan is for the top two teams in the West to fly to Hawaii and face the top two teams in the East in the finals of each tournament.
Here’s when you can watch this weekend’s games live and earn those cute OWL tokens. You’ll also find integrations for all live streams below.
All times are approximate and in ET. Remember to tune in early for the pre-shows as well, as Watchpoint is always fun and insightful.
Friday April 16
Houston Outlaws @ Dallas Fuel – 3 p.m.
Los Angeles Gladiators @ San Francisco Shock – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday April 17th
Guangzhou Charge @ Shanghai Dragons – 5 a.m.
Los Angeles Valiant @ Chengdu Hunters – 6:30 a.m.
Philadelphia Fusion @ Seoul Dynasty – 8 a.m.
There will be a replay of the Fusion-Dynasty match at 12:30 p.m. on the stream below. If you can’t watch live early on Saturday, you’ll have another chance to earn tokens and chat with other fans as you go.
Toronto Defiant @ Vancouver Titans – 3 p.m.
Atlanta Reign @ Florida Mayhem – 4:30 p.m.
Dallas Fuel @ Los Angeles Gladiators – 6 p.m.
Sunday April 18
Guangzhou Charge @ Seoul Dynasty – 5 a.m.
Chengdu Hunters @ Shanghai Dragons – 6.30am
Philadelphia Fusion @ Los Angeles Valiant – 8am
Note: The Fusion-Valiant match will be replayed at 12:30 p.m. on the stream below.
Houston Outlaws @ San Francisco Shock – 3pm
Florida Mayhem @ Vancouver Titans – 4:30 p.m.
Toronto Defiant @ Atlanta Reign – 6 p.m.
On Monday we’ll have our first look at this season’s Power Leaderboard with IBM Watson. The Overwatch League creates objective power rankings for teams and players using performance data and Watson AI. You can read more about it in my feature here: