ESL has announced that moving forward, two of their main CS:GO products will be broadcast on Facebook.
Following a year of ESL's CS:GO action being streamed on YouTube, the tournament organizer has announced that in 2018, their ESL Pro League and ESL One content will be streamed on Facebook.
In the official announcement, ESL points out that Facebook's new additions, such as Facebook Watch that allows streaming in 1080p/60FPS and features such as "viewing with friends", make Facebook an attractive platform to broadcast gaming content.
ESL and Facebook have made a deal for the next four seasons of ESL Pro League, meaning that the English and Portuguese streams will be accessible exclusively on Facebook until the end of Season 10, scheduled for December 2019. Along with that, the broadcasts of ESL One tournaments, in both CS:GO and DOTA 2, will also be exclusive to Facebook.
However, having a Facebook account won't be necessary to watch ESL's content, as embedded streams will be accessible at live.ESLOne.com and live.Proleague.com. It is also worth noting that, with no mention of IEM in the announcement, that tournament series most likely won't be streamed on Facebook.
ESL One Genting, a DOTA 2 event, will be the first one to be broadcast on Facebook, with the ESL Pro League, which starts on Feburary 13th, being the first CS:GO competition set to be shown on the new platform.