Facebook Will Stream 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' eSports Matches From ESL

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 19, 2017

Facebook has landed a major deal with the Electronic Sports League (ESL) which will see 5 500 hours of events and original content added to the platform, The Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook will also host a weekly show dedicated to highlights and interviews with players participating in the Counter Strike tournament. 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. That content includes the elite Rank S Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches as well as ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters events, all of it streamed in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and German.

The deal with ESL comes after the company secured deals with five esport teams (including G2 Esports, Echo Fox, and Team Dignitas) who will broadcast their practices and competitions exclusively to the site.

According to Johannes Schiefer, Vice President of Social Media and Editorial at ESL, "With over 1.94 billion monthly active users on Facebook, this is a huge step toward expanding the reach of esports among mainstream audiences".

As part of the deal, ESL will stream competitions from its Rank S series featuring matches from esports stalwart Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Facebook. Fans can check out broadcasts at the ESL's ESEA community page or official Facebook group. "Last year, ESL content generated over 2 billion impressions and reached over 200 million users on Facebook globally".

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