This was something we had heard about for a while.
Fast-forward to Stage 2 and it's official.
In collaboration with Blizzard, Twitch announced today that in-game rewards can be earned by Overwatch League viewers who either engage in chat by cheering or stay through to watch an entire match live. "Overwatch League Cheering is part of a larger partnership between Twitch and Overwatch League that supports the League and players as a whole", a Twitch representative told Dot Esports.
Overwatch League Cheering is a feature unique to Twitch that allows fans to unlock in-game skins, exclusive emotes and team-themed items while encouraging their favorite teams and players by Cheering with Bits, a virtual item offered by Twitch. Each completed map you view live will grant you one League Token, and "a percentage of viewers" who see the final map of a broadcast will score 100 League Tokens, aka enough to buy one skin. The skins will be exclusive to the Cheering program for a while, as will the emotes and team-branded items.
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In order to earn League tokens, viewers must link their Battle.net account with their Twitch account. "A Cheer leaderboard also tracks top Cheerers to show who's the biggest fan", according to the press release.
The program is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and runs through the first season of the Overwatch League.
Earlier this year someone noticed that by watching the OWL they were earning Overwatch League tokens.
More information on how Cheering with Bits works may be found on Twitch's blog. He brings Overwatchscore a wealth of experience and passion for Overwatch!