Blizzard is adding a second form of virtual currency to Overwatch.
The Overwatch League is kicking off, and over the past few months eSports teams have been unveiling their sports jersey-esque team colors. When the teams compete, their characters will be sporting custom skins, re-colored so that all team members match. Blizzard revealed that these custom skins would also become available to regular players, and now, the company has added a few more details of how that will work.
According to Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer (via Game Rant), all 12 sets of skins will be added to the game in early 2018. Each set will contain skins for every character currently in the game.
These skins will be unlocked in a very different way from normal skins. A second currency, called League Tokens, will be added to the game. Though Nanzer didn’t reveal the exact details on the pricing of the League Tokens, he added that they’ll be used to provide “monetary support” for the regional teams, meaning that it’s likely these League Tokens will be purchased with real money rather than earned in-game. League Tokens will be used exclusively to unlock League skins and content, and won’t be interchangeable with Overwatch‘s current in-game currency.
While it seems likely that the only way to get League Tokens will be to spend real money, a portion of the funds from League Token purchases will go to supporting the team behind the skin. Specifically, the system has been set up to “ensure that the correct amount from your League-related purchases goes towards the teams.” In other words, in order to wear your chosen team’s colors, you’ll have to donate to their cause.
Fans will get one freebie, however. For the first month after the League Tokens system goes live, all players will be given enough free League Tokens to purchase one League skin of their choice.
There are still several details about the system that haven’t been revealed, with the most important one being the actual price of these League Tokens. With 12 teams and 26 Overwatch characters, that’s 312 new skins arriving in the game, and even if individual skins are cheap, 312 of anything adds up fast.
The Overwatch League season will begin on January 10th, 2018. Since the new League skins are releasing in early 2018 as well, expect to see them around that same time.
Source: Game Rant