Facebook Set To Stream Several CS:GO ESports Tournaments
The company is clearly interested in video and if you love watching eSports tournaments, then you might be interested to learn that Facebook and ESL have announced a partnership that will bring eSports streaming to the platform.
Facebook and ESL’s eSports programming starts streaming in June and fans can tune in on ESEA’s Facebook page here. It stands to reason that we’ll see eSports competition from other games later on down the road, but for now, Facebook and ESL are keeping their lips sealed.
In addition to all Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One tournament content, ESL will also produce live original content for Twitter, including a weekly 30-minute show featuring highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.
For instance, Twitter has deals with ESL and DreamHack. The deal brings Facebook on par with Twitch and Twitter, both of which already have plenty of esports partnerships.
“With over 1.94 billion monthly active users on Facebook, this is a huge step toward expanding the reach of esports among mainstream audiences”, Johannes Schiefer, ESL’s vice president of social media and editorial at ESL, said in statement. He notes that this deal will help ESL expand its viewership and “build strong local communities” centered around eSports. Still, deals it has penned in the past haven’t really matched the scale of this one with ESL. All major Internet companies around including the likes of Facebook, Twitch and Twitter are attempting to capitalize upon the same by ensuring that their platforms play host to as much live streamed content as possible. Its Rank S competition brings together over 300 of the best North American and European ESEA players who compete for a $40,000 prize pool each month across the two regions.