Facebook is the New Home For 'CS:GO' Pro League and ESL One Broadcasting
Facebook has inked a deal with the ESL to be its main broadcast partner for the CS:GO Pro League and the ESL One circuit, ESL announced today. The organization believes this move help grow the overall esports audience and provide "a much more advanced viewing experience."
Facebook Watch was a key component to the partnership, ESL says. The video on demand service launched five months ago. It offers personalized recommendations for videos to watch, along with categorized content bundles depending on factors such as popularity and social media engagement. Facebook also recently implemented some technological upgrades to its video platform as well, such as streaming in 1080p and VR, a "viewing with friends" feature, and invites to viewing groups via Messenger.
"For years ESL has used Facebook to nurture its global community while broadening the audience for esports competition to millions of fans worldwide," said Leo Olebe, Global Director, Facebook Games Partnerships. "Having two of ESL’s most adored properties for CS:GO and Dota 2 streaming exclusively on Facebook is the next step in our efforts to delight the passionate esports community on Facebook."
Official tournament broadcasts begin next week with ESL One Genting 2018 January 23rd-28th, followed by CS: GO Pro League Season 7 on February 13th.