San Francisco Shock Win Back-To-Back Overwatch League Titles

San Francisco Shock have cemented their status as the best team in Overwatch. They claimed their second straight Overwatch League championship on Saturday, beating surprise finalists Seoul Dynasty 4-2. They also won $1.5 million in prize money, while the Dynasty walk away with $750,000.

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Unlike last year, when they dropped to the lower bracket after their first playoffs match, the San Francisco Shock ran the table on their path to a second championship in a row.

The Dynasty powered their way to the Grand Finals weekend after winning the Asia-Pacific playoffs losers’ bracket. They narrowly lost to the Shock in the semi-finals, before seeing off Philadelphia Fusion and then hot favorites Shanghai Dragons,

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IBM teams up with Activision Blizzard to manage tech for the Overwatch League

IBM will manage the technology for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League in a sign that esports is starting to demand the most sophisticated cloud and AI technologies. The idea is to put esports on the road to being a mainstream phenomenon alongside traditional sports.

This is the kind of marriage that we can expect to see more of in the future as gaming and entertainment demand high-end technologies from AI to cloud computing.

In a multi-year deal, IBM is teaming up with Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest players in the game industry. IBM will provide cloud, Watson AI, and machine learning for the Overwatch League and become a presenting partner of the Overwatch League Grand Finals. IBM will power interactive and analytical content for the league, which is one of the powerhouses of the $950 million esports industry.

The IBM sponsorship component kicks off at this year’s 2020 Overwatch League

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IBM Inks Its First-Ever Esports Deal With The Overwatch League

The Overwatch League Grand Finals weekend is underway and although we’re in the middle of the biggest pro Overwatch event of the year, Activision Blizzard is already looking towards the future. It has signed a multi-year deal with IBM. The league will use IBM’s cloud and artificial intelligence tech to “power analytical and interactive content” in its broadcasts.  

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“We’re constantly striving to give fans the ability to more meaningfully engage with the Overwatch League, and teaming up with IBM enables us to do just that,” Brandon Snow, chief revenue officer of Activision Blizzard Esports, said in a statement.

“IBM’s cutting-edge AI and machine learning, underpinned by cloud technologies, will help enable us

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‘Overwatch’ Celebrates First Anniversary On Switch, Goes Free-To-Play Next Week

KEY POINTS

  • “Overwatch” is celebrating the first year anniversary of its arrival on the Nintendo Switch next week
  • “Overwatch” will be free to play for Switch Online subscribers for seven days starting on Oct. 13
  • This trial period could be a way for Nintendo to bring in new players 

To commemorate the first year anniversary of “Overwatch” arriving on the Nintendo Switch, the game will be free to play for seven days starting next week.

The announcement was made on the official Twitter of Nintendo of America, which confirmed that Nintendo Switch Online users can play “Overwatch” for free from Oct. 13 to 20.

“Any experience or items you earn during this free trial will transfer over if you decide to purchase Overwatch: Legendary Edition; just be sure you purchase the game on the same Nintendo Switch Online account you played with during this Game Trial,” Nintendo stated on its

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