Activision Blizzard creates 'Overwatch' e-sports league

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Activision Blizzard Inc said on Friday it is creating a professional e-sports league based around its popular first-person shooter videogame "Overwatch", as it pushes deeper into the fast-growing market for competitive gaming.

"We looked at a lot of different models, but ultimately what we came to appreciate is we want our players to be celebrated as local heroes," Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said in an interview.

Roughly 76 percent of e-sports fans say that watching competitive gaming is eating into the hours they used to spend watching regular sports events, according to a survey by research firm Newzoo.

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