ECS to be broadcast exclusively on Youtube
Published on March 16th, 2017
Youtube has upped the ante in its bid to compete with Twitch as the home of esports content. The company has today entered a partnership with Faceit and their Esports Championship Series (ECS), to broadcast the Counter-Strike:Global Offensive tournament exclusively on Youtube. The deal follows a similar move that saw the ESL Pro League move from Twitch to Youtube. The ECS broadcasts will begin on March 25 with the promotion tournament. ”YouTube offers fans of the ECS an unmatched online viewing experience,” said Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer and co-founder of FACEIT. “YouTube is by far the most watched platform for gamers in the world and continues to innovate and lead on video technology, making it a great place of us to call it our new home for the Esports Championship Series”. So far, viewership for the ESL Pro League is down ever since the move to Youtube, however Head of Gaming content Ryan Watt is confident of their investment into esports. “This is our most significant investment into esports to date and illustrates our continued commitment to growing esports with the hundreds of millions of gamers watching YouTube each day,” Ryan said, “The ECS revenue sharing and co-ownership structure reinforces our belief that all players should have a voice. We know the CS:GO community is already watching clips, highlights, and rebroadcasts on YouTube, so we are excited to be able to bring them all this same action live”. Astralis are the holding ECS champions from season two where they toppled Optic Gaming in December. They will be defending their title against the likes of Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, and Faze Clan. Over in North America, a new-look Optic will have a tough time against the usual suspects of SK Gaming, Team Liquid, and Cloud9. The ECS Development league is current drawing to a close to decide the the final four teams that will compete in the ECS League qualifier. Fnatic and Virtus Pro have confiemed a spot in the European qualifier, while TSM and Complexity await their opponents in the North American qualifier.