Blizzard is introducing a new currency to Overwatch and it was pretty much inevitable that they’d become available to the fans of the game and it's competitive scene. There is a catch however, League tokens will launch in early 2018 alongside new skins for all 26 Overwatch heroes for each of the 12 Overwatch League teams. You won’t be unlocking them the normal way Players are only able to buy league tokens with real money, as the 50 percent of the revenue from the purchase will go into a "net shared revenue pool" for all 12 Overwatch League teams.
Likewise, Blizzard confirmed that it has no plans to add Overwatch League skins to the game's loot boxes. In a video released today, OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer explained that team skins will only be available via a new currency called League Tokens. "We want to make sure that players can directly support their favorite Overwatch League teams, which is exactly what our league token system allows us to do," Blizzard said. This system also makes it easier for fans to rep the teams they love on the heroes they prefer."
On the downside, it’s another fake currency in a game that already has one, a sure recipe for convolution. Even though they did say that every player who logs in will be granted enough tokens to purchase one skin. The preseason exhibition matches are scheduled to begin Dec. 6 with Team skins following soon after. Blizzard also confirms that it will not at any point add the skins to the standard lootbox system. This will create some fragmentation in the playerbase because it is just another way to spend money. This helps blizzards bottom line, but continues with the issues the industry is having with "loot" in general.
Stay tuned as more information is to be released regarding the skins as we get closer to the release date.