Facebook has done some eSports streaming in the past here and there, most notably with Activision and Blizzard in 2016. Now, the social media giant is looking to compete with Twitch by seeking out new deals with eSports leagues. Yesterday ESL announced that it came to an agreement with Facebook to start broadcasting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments in an exclusive deal that will bring over 5500 hours of content to the platform.
The partnership will have games broadcast in six languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German), all focused on the elite Rank S competitions, as well as ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters events. There will also be a special 30-minute highlight program that will act as their version of Sports Center, showing highlights from the day, recapping the events and highlighting what's to come the following day. The programming will officially kick off in June via the ESEA's Facebook page.