Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveFacebook’s interest in expanding its services and offerings beyond just social networking is pretty well-known. The company is clearly interested in video and if you love watching eSports tournaments, then you might be interested to learn that Facebook and ESL have announced a partnership that will bring eSports streaming to the platform.


To be more specific, Facebook will be streaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games. According to the announcement on the ESL’s website, “ESL will stream content from Rank S competitions, an elite ladder for the Counter-Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO) community, as well as an exclusive weekly 30-minute CS:GO program that showcases the best players, upcoming talent and competition highlights.”

In addition to Counter-Strike, other content that will be streamed includes all ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters events where it will be made available in several different languages, such as English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and German. It is expected that the ESL will be bringing more than 5,500 hours worth of content to Facebook.

According to Johannes Schiefer, Vice President of Social Media and Editorial at ESL, “With over 1.94 billion monthly active users on Facebook, this is a huge step toward expanding the reach of esports among mainstream audiences. Last year, ESL content generated over 2 billion impressions and reached over 200 million users on Facebook globally. 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 of highly engaged esports fans.”

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