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Facebook acquires exclusive rights on two major ESL tournaments

19 January 2018

Send me an invite for Bejeweled Clash of Candy Farms or whatever and you'll get yourself unfriended quicker than you can say "Zuckerberg".

The organisation announced that the CSGO Pro League and ESL One circuit will be streamed exclusively on Facebook and through; a move that may disappoint those who have gotten used to watching their esports on Twitch.

"It's a tremendous streaming platform, but it's obviously a social and engagement platform".

Upcoming ESL One events include ESL One Katowice 2018 (For Dota 2) and ESL One Cologne 2018 (for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive).

There is also the possibility of the content reaching a much wider audience thanks to Facebook's 2 billion active monthly users. With it, Facebook has not only introduced a structured platform for video distribution, but also implemented technological upgrades that esports audiences have grown to expect, such as streaming in 1080p/60fps and VR.

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. The broadcasts will be available at facebook.com/ESLProLeagueCSGO.

ESL tournaments broadcast on Facebook Watch will be available in multiple languages, including English, Portuguese and more.

The news wasn't taken very well on Facebook either. Watching Facebook streams does not require a Facebook account so that is of no concern. Starting February 13th, the beginning of its seventh season, it'll be streamed exclusively on Facebook, along with the ESL One Dota 2and CS:GO tournament series. However, it wasn't until the establishment of the Facebook Watch feature in late 2017 that ESL figured the switch was worth it.

The ESL content on Facebook will not be exclusively CS:GO.

Facebook acquires exclusive rights on two major ESL tournaments