Twitch managed to buy exclusive rights to streaming the Overwatch League, but now Facebook have their own exclusive major tournaments to stream: ESL One and CS:GO Pro League. Announced today, CS:GO Pro League, which starts on February 13, 2018, will be streamed exclusively on Facebook for four seasons, until December 2019.
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The first ESL One event to be streamed exclusively via Facebook is ESL One Genting 2018, which takes place January 23-28, a Dota 2 Minor tournament with a $400,000 prize pool and qualifying points for The International 2018. Upcoming ESL One events include ESL One Katowice 2018 (for Dota 2, a Major tournament) and ESL One Cologne 2018 (for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive).
The CS:GO Pro League and ESL One tournaments will be streamed via Facebook Live in English and other languages and at 1080p/60fps. There’s also going to be the option to watch in VR, with Facebook 360 for Gear VR app giving a VR perspective when it’s rolled out.
Other ESL tournaments – such as Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), ESL Pro League, and other – aren’t exclusive to Facebook and will, presumably, be streamed across multiple sites.
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 currently only available in the United States – if you try to go to the generic Facebook Watch pagefrom elsewhere in the world, you’ll be met with a message saying the content is not available.