Esports are experiencing a ‘coming-of-age’. This is underlined by the fact that Facebook streams CS GO more than ever, and offers increasing coverage of major Esports events.
ESPN has long broadcast FIFA live, and CS GO events garner a level of interest and focus that heretofore seems to have been reserved for the intense, real-life competition of boxing and MMA bouts.
Which isn’t very surprising, considering that the skills and reflexes required to compete internationally in Counter Strike are nothing short of superhuman. And considering that even a global favorite could potentially be brought down by the cross-hairs and firing reflexes of a relatively new player.
CS GO players are hunters in an arena where sudden death is a mouse touch away, and prey may turn predator in a matter of seconds. And everyone wants in on the hunt.
CS GO definitely generates intense interest and focus, in contenders and fans. And in a rapidly-growing betting community.
In the world of entertainment media, interest and focus translate into hard cash.
Is it any wonder that Twitter has already latched onto an industry that offers such potential earnings?
Sony has also made moves into the market, and, to counter this, Facebook seeks to further extend its live-streaming of important Counter Strike events.
Now, Facebook streams CS GO in major languages!
ESL and Facebook maintain live streams in six major languages, of course covering elite CS GO events.
Not only does Facebook stream major confrontations, but it does week-by-week highlights of events. There are also interviews with teams and global players and contenders. ESL plans for this year include more than five thousand hours of live Esports streaming.
Facebook is important to ESL and CS GO because of its massive user base.
At last count, nearly two billion people were active on the platform! Keying into this enormous user base, and expanding coverage of Esports here, will massively strengthen the impact of Esports worldwide.
But there are other reasons why Facebook streams CS GO. Publicizing the Esport brings a lot of advantages to the social media giant as well. Amazon’s Twitch seeks to challenge Facebook as the dominant social media platform worldwide. Twitter also poses a continuous challenge to Facebook, both in a general sense, and in its regular coverage of Esports events.
If Facebook is to maintain its position on the global media scene, it has to dominate coverage of Esports.
Both Twitch and Twitter have already made inroads into Esports coverage.
One hundred million people using Twitch in the last few months have streamed an awe-inspiring eight-hundred-MILLION hours of game event time.
Meanwhile, Twitter has its own agreements with ESL, as well as with DreamHack, and these agreements bring some of the top CS GO events to Twitter. The events are covered by live streams that will be available to PC and mobile users worldwide.
In an effort to counter this, Facebook made crucial changes to its user interface
Users can stream right out of their profiles, thus letting dedicated gamers effortlessly stream highlights of gameplay. Facebook has also signed partnerships with major Esports teams.
Facebook has a lot to offer the Esports scene. Twitch is very gaming oriented. But Facebook represents a truly global audience for Esports companies.