With 2018 already nearly in its 2nd month, we’ve seen some huge changes to games and gaming platforms. But, none are like what ESL has announced on Twitter and Facebook this week.
ESL recently announced that Facebook will be the main broadcast partner for the CS:GO Pro League and the ESL One circuit. The Facebook Live broadcast will have full English and Portuguese coverage, which can also be viewed through their streaming section of their website.
In the announcement, ESL states:
Over the last two years, Facebook has been consistently growing its capabilities as a video platform as well as its presence in esports and gaming” and that “we’re excited to now be at a stage where we can take the next step towards realizing our shared ambition to grow the overall esports audience and to bring our sports to an even broader group of viewers than ever before.
Here’s the announcement post the ESL shared on their Facebook page.
ESL will have access to Facebook’s live streaming tech
ESL will be able to expand and have their content accessible to Facebook’s 2 billion monthly active users. Facebook’s expanding live streaming technology will help promote esports and streamline viewing. Some of these features include:
- Streaming in 1080p/60 FPS
- Virtual Reality
- Viewing with friends features
When does ESL start broadcasting on Facebook?
The live streams will start with Dota 2 at ESL One Genting 2018 from January 23-28 and CS:GO Pro League Season 7 on February 13th. On top of this, ESL will be able to use Facebook Watch to produce additional broadcasts. This includes a weekly show for Dota 2.
With esports continuing to quickly grow, it’s no surprise that ESL is partnering with the largest social network. Of course, as more fans tune in to watch esports, the more companies like Facebook will want to make the most of the viewership.
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