Twitch is just making all kinds of headlines and partnerships these past few months, and the latest to join in on the dance is OpTic Gaming. The two have signed an exclusive multi-year broadcasting contract, which will cover most of their first-person and third-person shooter eSports teams.
That's a hell of a catch for both sides as OpTic Gaming are basically one of the names most associated with the Call of Duty scene, which includes being the winner of the Best Esports Team of the Year at The Game Awards 2015 and two-time X-Games champions. Twitch helps provide them with a single outlet for people to find the majority of their matches, while OpTic brings a highly competitive roster to their network—the entire deal just makes sense for both sides. Twitch will collaborate with OpTic to "build each streamer's presence on the platform and elevate the streamer experience for each player and their viewers." Here's a few quotes from this morning's press announcement.
"First and third-person shooters are what jump-started competitive online gaming as a phenomenon and are a catalyst in making esports what it is today," said John Howell, VP of Global Partnerships at Twitch. "In the last year alone, we have seen shooter-game tournaments set viewership records and contribute to the meteoric rise of new FPS/TPS games on Twitch. By partnering with OpTic Gaming, an acclaimed fixture in the competitive shooter scene, we are able to ensure our large community of shooter game fans don't have to go far to see the best the genre has to offer."
"OpTic content is curated across multiple platforms, but when it comes to a daily destination for live streaming, we see great value in leveraging Twitch's strength of bringing gaming communities together," said Ryan "OpTicJ" Musselman, COO of OpTic Gaming.