Facebook has extensive plans to bulk up its video programming catalog, and esports gaming looks to be a major part of its efforts.
According to a release, ESL will bring 5,500 hours of esports content to Facebook, with about 1,500 of that exclusive to the platform.
All ESL One and IEM events will be streamed on Facebook in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and German.
The social networking giant said Thursday that it has partnered with ESL, formerly known as the Electronic Sports League, to live stream video game tournaments, also known as eSports. For starters, the ESL will bring over content from elite "Rank S" Counter-Strike competitions, and will put together an exclusive 30-minute CS:GO program that showcases the best players, emerging talent, and recent highlights.
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The deal with ESL comes after the company secured deals with five esport teams (including G2 Esports, Echo Fox, and Team Dignitas) who will broadcast their practices and competitions exclusively to the site.
In a statement, Johannes Schiefer, vice president of social media and editorial at ESL, said Facebook was a logical platform for its esports content.
"Now, with the addition of live streaming for all major ESL events, as well as exclusive content around CS:GO and ESEA, we are excited to expand our reach to more audiences and build strong local communities".
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