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CS: GO and Dota 2 tournaments hosted by ESL will be streamed exclusively on Facebook

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Two of the biggest Esports titles gamers across the globe love watching is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) and Dota 2. The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is renowned for creating some of the biggest and best tournaments for these titles and over the last three years, I’ve probably watched over 2000 hours of fantastic matches.

It is such a great experience watching the top professional teams play your favourite game to perfection and listen to the talented casters talk about it all. However, some fans might be disappointed (or happy?) that ESL has announced the CS: GO Pro League and the ESL One Dota 2 circuit, from now on, will stream exclusively over Facebook.

The Facebook stream will also be embedded on the respective website of the tournament or league. The Global Director of Facebook Games Partnership, Leo Olebe, explains that:

For years ESL has used Facebook to nurture its global community while broadening the audience for esports competition to millions of fans worldwide. 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.

The ability to now watch esports in 1080p and in VR underscores our commitment to adding more ways for fans to watch and connect with each other around the esports content they love most.” - Source

This change will start very soon, with the Dota 2 ESL One Genting 2018 which runs from 23 to 28 January. For CS: GO players, the Facebook exclusivity streaming will kick in with the start of the Pro League Season 7 on 13 February. There are some concerns that the ESL might lose quite a few viewers who prefer YouTube (or Twitch) as their viewing platform of choice.

According to Polygon, the ESL Senior Vice President of Media Rights and Distribution, Nik Adams, told then that:

We may lose 10 or 15 percent of our audience, but then we grow because we reach a new audience.” – Source

I, for one, love watching the ESL tournaments and leagues, so I will continue watching. It remains to be seen how the first tournament, ESL One Genting 2018 will play out and how fans will react to the news, but do remember that Facebook has made a lot of improvements, including 1080p 60FPS streaming, so things should go smoothly and give fans a great viewing experience.

What do you think about the fact that Dota 2 and CS: GO tournaments by ESL will now be streamed exclusively on Facebook? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sources: ESL, Polygon

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