Facebook has been introduced as the principle broadcasting platform for CS:GO Pro League and the ESL One circuit. As you will note, the web has responded.
The ESL introduced right now Facebook will its “main broadcast partner” for the CS:GO Pro League and the ESL One circuit, and will likely be broadcast completely on the Facebook platform.
Grated, viewers will nonetheless be capable of watch embedded streams at stay.ESL-One.com and stay.Proleague.com, however that made little distinction to esports followers on Twitter.
If you look over the announcement tweet from the official ESL Twitter account, you’ll see all types of memes, gifs, normal head scratching, and full disdain over the information.
Most people had been questioning why Twitch or YouTube had been handed over for Facebook, however exclusivity agreements are nothing new. Just not too long ago, Activision introduced and exclusive two year deal with Twitch to broadcast the Overwatch League. The deal is reportedly worth a staggering $90 million, which quantities to $45 million per 12 months.
The determine is greater than the $300 million BamTech paid Riot Games in 2016 for a seven 12 months contract, which equals $42.eight million a 12 months, give or take.
It’s unknown at current how a lot Facebook paid for the exclusivity take care of ESL.
The ESL stated the transfer was made with a view to “grow the overall esports audience and to bring our sports to an even broader group of viewers than ever before.”
“One of the key components that brought this project to fruition was the recent introduction of Facebook Watch,” reads the announcement. “With it, Facebook has not solely launched a structured platform for video distribution, but additionally carried out technological upgrades that esports audiences have grown to count on, corresponding to streaming in 1080p/60fps and VR.
“Facebook will also make video content easily accessible for Facebook’s 2 billion monthly active users, allowing much easier promotion of esports content to the millions of esports fans on the platform.”
Official match broadcasts will star with Dota 2 at ESL One Genting 2018 from January 23-28 and CS:GO Pro League Season 7 on February 13. A weekly Dota 2 present can be within the plan.