Counter-Strike, DotA 2 Tournaments Will Now Exclusively Stream Via Facebook

Counter-Strike, DotA 2 Tournaments Will Now Exclusively Stream Via Facebook

Counter-Strike, DotA 2 Tournaments Will Now Exclusively Stream Via Facebook

The social media site replaces YouTube as the sole stream provider for the upcoming competitions.

The arrangement concerns the ESL Pro League and ESL One competitions, and the rights are for both English and Portuguese language streams.

Esports company and event organiser ESL has announced that it will be bringing content from the CS:GO Pro League (kicking off Season 7 this year) and ESL One exclusively to Facebook in 2018, the former of which was announced alongside WESA, the World Esports Association. That will run for four seasons of Pro League through December 2019.

On top of streaming CS:GO Pro League and ESL One tournaments, ESL are also going to be making a weekly five-minute show about the Dota community on Facebook Watch, a service that is now only available in the United States - if you try to go to the generic Facebook Watch page from elsewhere in the world, you'll be met with a message saying the content is not available.

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The new deal does not appear to include other ESL tournaments, like the Intel Extreme Masters and ESL Pro League.

"Building on our successful partnership, we believe Facebook is the flawless platform to bring both Pro League and ESL One competitions to new and existing audiences", said Nik Adams, Senior Vice President Global Media Rights & Distribution, ESL. "With Facebook's scale, especially in gaming, and the digital-first instincts of our viewers, we believe this partnership will both reach and better serve our global CS:GO audience by bringing the excitement and drama of Pro League directly to our fans". Now it seems like ESL wants the same thing, except that with Facebook.

World Esports Association executive chairman and commissioner Ken Hershman pointed to the ESL Pro League's move from Twitch to YouTube just past year, saying, "there was a few weeks of fall off, but surprisingly the audience recovered more quickly than any of us had anticipated because people want to watch the content not the platform".

ESL also will broadcast its flagship ESL One circuit on Facebook, featuring "Dota 2" and "CS:GO".

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