The very end of the Overwatch League season, the last matches that the league might ever play on the current game amid next season’s planned shift to Overwatch 2, is almost upon us.
While that’s a slight bummer, the 2021 season promises to go out with a bang. Not only will there be some undoubtedly fantastic matches during playoffs and Grand Finals, there are some killer rewards for viewers too.
If you watch enough of the playoffs and Grand Finals, you can earn a whopping 15 free skins, a bunch of OWL tokens and an exclusive spray to use in-game. Let’s break it down.
The 2021 playoffs take place from September 21-24. For every three hours you watch live or during the official replays, you’ll earn three Overwatch League skins, up to nine in total.
Watch three hours, and you’ll get Reinhardt, Soldier: 76 and Torbjörn skins. After six hours, you’ll receive Junkrat, Roadhog and Sombra skins too. Watch nine hours in total, and you won’t get just those six, but Doomfist, Hanzo and McCree skins as well. Nice.
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The format for the freebies is a bit different for Grand Finals on September 25, since that’s just one match. If you watch the last match of the season for 30 minutes, you’ll get a unique spray. Watch for an hour, and you’ll get Orisa, Pharah and Symmetra Overwatch League skins. If you stick with the Grand Finals for two hours, you’ll also receive Genji, Moira and Reaper skins, as well as a whopping 100 OWL tokens.
Not too shabby! And that’s on top of the usual five OWL tokens you’ll earn for each hour you watch.
There are a few things you’ll need to do before you can claim the rewards. If you’re watching the matches on YouTube, you need to connect your Battle.net account. And if you watch on the Overwatch League website or app, you’ll need to sign in. You can find out much more about how the perks work and eligibility in a guide I put together for the Countdown Cup tournament:
Meanwhile, Blizzard has brought back the All-Stars skins from past seasons for a limited time, and you might be able to earn enough tokens to buy one of them during playoffs and Grand Finals. They each cost 200 OWL tokens.