Twitch managed to buy exclusive rights to streaming the Overwatch League, however now Facebook have their very own unique main tournaments to stream: ESL One and CS:GO Pro League. Announced right this moment, CS:GO Pro League, which begins on February 13, 2018, might be streamed completely on Facebook for 4 seasons, till December 2019.
The first ESL One occasion to be streamed completely by way of Facebook is ESL One Genting 2018, which takes place January 23-28, a Dota 2 Minor event with a $400,000 prize pool and qualifying factors for The International 2018. Upcoming ESL One occasions embrace ESL One Katowice 2018 (for Dota 2, a Major event) and ESL One Cologne 2018 (for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive).
The CS:GO Pro League and ESL One tournaments might be streamed by way of Facebook Live in English and different languages and at 1080p/60fps. There’s additionally going to be the choice to observe in VR, with Facebook 360 for Gear VR app giving a VR perspective when it is rolled out.
Other ESL tournaments – comparable to Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), ESL Pro League, and different – aren’t unique to Facebook and can, presumably, be streamed throughout a number of websites.
On high of streaming CS:GO Pro League and ESL One tournaments, ESL are additionally going to be making a weekly five-minute present in regards to the Dota group on Facebook Watch, a service that’s at the moment solely obtainable within the United States – if you happen to attempt to go to the generic Facebook Watch page from elsewhere on this planet, you will be met with a message saying the content material shouldn’t be obtainable.