TORONTO (May 9, 2019) – TSN’s complete live coverage of the OVERWATCH LEAGUE™, the first major professional esports league with city-based teams, continues with the Stage 2 Playoffs, beginning Thursday, May 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The current stage's top eight teams compete in a seeded playoff bracket with a total prize pool of $500,000 on the line. TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can livestream the network’s comprehensive coverage of the OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ Stage 2 Playoffs on TSN.ca and the TSN app (complete schedule is available here).
The Stage 2 Playoff – Semifinal #1 airs live on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN2, with the Final airing live on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4.
As part of the network’s partnership with Activision Blizzard, TSN platforms deliver live streaming coverage of every OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ game this season, featuring 300+ total matches, highlighted by the inaugural seasons of the Toronto Defiant and Vancouver Titans, the league’s first Canadian expansion franchises.
“We’re thrilled to connect with the passionate, engaged community of esports fans across Canada by showcasing comprehensive live coverage of the OVERWATCH LEAGUE™,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, TSN and Discovery Networks. “We’re proud to deliver an expansive slate of live games from this massively popular worldwide league, as well as unique content across our digital platforms.”
With a total of 20 teams representing major cities across North America, Asia, and Europe, the OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ features top international players competing in the hit Blizzard Entertainment title Overwatch.
TSN’s coverage continues with the upcoming OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ ALL-STARS, taking place in Los Angeles on May 15-16 beginning at 9 p.m. ET each day. TSN’s coverage culminates with complete coverage of the OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ playoffs, including the 2019 Grand Finals, one of 60+ championship sporting events that live on TSN.
As the exclusive linear television partner of the 2019 OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ season in Canada, select matches will be featured on TSN’s television feeds, focusing on the Canadian teams. Toronto Defiant and Vancouver Titans games will also be available for on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers on TSN.ca and the TSN app.
In addition to live coverage of 300+ matches, TSN delivers coverage of the league across its industry-leading digital platforms, including TSN.ca/Esports as well as the network’s official social media accounts: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and DIGITAL SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s first mobile-optimized daily news show, available exclusively through TSN’s Instagram story.