How to earn free Overwatch 2 skins for every hero by watching OWL playoffs

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Blizzard is offering fans the chance to get free Overwatch League-themed hero skins for watching OWL. Here’s everything fans need to know about earning them all.

Less than a month after Overwatch 2 released the Overwatch League playoffs kicked off. The series of matches culminating in the Grand Finals.

Previously, Blizzard revealed that it would give players the chance to claim free OWL tokens for the chance to buy themed skins from the in-game shop.

Shortly after, Blizzard gave players the chance to grab those skins by simply watching the OWL playoffs and Grand Finals.

Here’s everything fans need to know about how to grab these skins now that they’re live.

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How to earn free Overwatch 2 skins during OWL playoffs

Earning these free skins was easy. However, it may require a small bit of work before things are properly set up.

First things first, the playoffs and Grand Finals took place between October 30 through November 4, 2022, so players needed to make sure not to miss the event.

Next, fans needed to link their accounts to their YouTube accounts, as this was the avenue you can earn the Overwatch 2 skins and other drops from. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Scroll down to “Connected Accounts.”
  4. Select your account.
  5. Click “Allow.”
  6. Start watching on the official Overwatch YouTube channel.

Provided viewers followed those steps and correctly linked their accounts, all they had to do was stay tuned to the Overwatch YouTube channel and watch the event live.

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All OWL rewards fans can earn in Overwatch 2

As for what fans could earn for watching the event live, it wasn’t just skins that Blizzard was giving away for free.

According to the OWL blog post, fans could earn the following based on watch time:

  • Earn 5 League Tokens per hour for every hour watched.
  • Earn 3 Overwatch League home and away skins for every 3 hours watched, up to 30 hours.
  • Additionally, custom community designed Overwatch 2 cosmetics will be dropped after specific viewership milestones.

Additionally, Blizzard offered up a convenient table that breaks down exactly how long players needed to watch both the playoffs and Grand Finals and which skins they’ll earn by doing so.

Overwatch League Playoff skins

HoursSkinsAdditional Drop
3Tracer, Genji, BastionGrand Finals 1 spray
6Mercy, Mei, HanzoZhulong player icon
9Ana, Brigitte, ZenyattaLuchador player icon
12Wrecking Ball, D.Va, AsheRoyal Knight player icon
15Cassidy, Pharah, EchoHappi player icon
18Roadhog, Baptiste, SigmaClockwork player icon
21Soldier: 76, Orisa, Reinhardt, SombraOWL Turns 5 player icon
24Symmetra, Torbjorn, DoomfistLucio Dance Party emote
27Lucio, Reaper, Junkrat, Moira
30Zarya, Widowmaker, Winston100 League Tokens

Overwatch League Grand Finals skins

HoursSkinsAdditional Drop
0.5Grand Finals 2 spray
1SojournPulse Pistol name card
2Junker Queen, Kiriko

It’s worth noting that some of the skins that were promised are still yet to be released. However, Blizzard is slowly but surely making sure all the skins are available. On January 25, 2023, they confirmed that players who earned Sojourn’s White & Gray skins will now be available to equip.

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And there you have it. That’s everything Overwatch 2 fans need to know about earning free OWL-themed skins by watching the event live.

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