Facebook continues to push for some esports exclusivity on their platform by negotiating a deal to be the exclusive home to FunEase's RGS ESports League. The league itself primarily broadcasts one specific game, which is Rules of Survival. It's a bit of a PUBG knockoff, but the game has grown to be popular around the world enough to form a competitive league.
Here's a few quotes from the press release about the new deal, which will be broadcast in Facebook's North American and South East Asian divisions in at least five different languages, as players will compete for $1 million in prizes over the 2018-2019 season.
"We are proud to work with Facebook to bring RoS Global Series to even more gamers and fans worldwide. With Facebook's mobile audience and global reach, combined with FunEase's vision for the league and innovative production capability, we have the opportunity to build a global community around RGS and bring the joy of the game to more people worldwide," said Andy Zhong, Founder and CEO of FunPlus.
"We are excited about teaming up with Facebook and look forward to working closely with them to build the global RGS community. In the future, FunEase will be partnering with more game developers and ecosystem partners to bring new games and more innovation around the gameplay, competition formats and rewards for the players in the entire industry," said Ethan Wang, Vice President, NetEase Games.
"Rules of Survival has a large and passionate community on Facebook, and we're excited to see how fans of RGS esports competitions watch and connect together around the game they love," said Jack Li, Head of Greater China Games Partnerships at Facebook. "Southeast Asia is a popular region for watching and livestreaming games on Facebook, especially on mobile, and it's one that we'll continue to support with esports and content from our growing creator community."