ESL is fully embracing the reach provided by social media. 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.
Facebook has been attempting to capture the streaming market over the last few years; including a partnership with Blizzard that saw integration with the Battle.net launcher. However, it wasn’t until the establishment of the Facebook Watch feature in late 2017 that ESL figured the switch was worth it.
There are still quite a few questions about this announcement. One of which being that Facebook Watch is only available in the US. From what we understand of the move, only the English and Portuguese language streams are moving to FB, with the other still remaining on Twitch.
We’ll see the potential of Facebook as a streaming platform with the upcoming ESL One Genting taking place next week. After that, it will be the and CS:GO Pro League Season 7 on 13 February. ESL is also planning additional streaming shows in between its big events.