Last year, ESL struck a deal with YouTube to exclusively broadcast ESL Pro League tournaments, which were previously broadcast on Twitch. After that, it will be the and CS:GO Pro League Season 7 on 13 February. The first event in 2018 will be ESL One Genting 2018 in Malaysia taking place January 23-28, 2018, featuring 16 "Dota 2" top teams. Over that time, ESL has grown its reach on Facebook from 700,000 users to more than 25 million people monthly - generating over 2.5 billion impressions and reaching over 300 million users globally. Facebook's "viewing with friends" function, which enables private chats with Facebook friends who are also watching the broadcasts, and Messenger service will also encourage a more "collaborative experience", as ESL described it, when watching streams.
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On top of streaming CS:GO Pro League and ESL One tournaments, ESL are also going to be making a weekly five-minute show about the Dota community on Facebook Watch, a service that is now only available in the United States - if you try to go to the generic Facebook Watch page from elsewhere in the world, you'll be met with a message saying the content is not available. All live broadcasts from CS:GO Pro League and ESL One will be available in 1080p/60fps on Facebook.
On top of these and other live tournaments being streamed, the ESL Facebook Watch page will also offer highlights, as well as weekly in-depth shows looking at all the recent ESL action. Speaking to Polygon, ESL's senior vice president of media rights and distribution, Nik Adams said, "We may lose 10 or 15 percent of our audience, but then we grow because we reach a new audience". Both of the competitions will also be streamed in VR as well, with Facebook soon rolling out multiple options for viewing these in VR, such as Facebook 360 for Gear VR.