Even though there’re multiple solutions for Esports fans to watch live content on the internet, Activision Blizzard announced they’re also bringing their tournaments on the large social media website Facebook starting MLG Anaheim Open; a Black Ops 3 two-days tournament in June 10.
The deal was revealed by former ESPN CEO Steve Bornstein who now leads Activision Blizzard Media Networks. Facebook’s management is also stocked saying Esports is a growing priority for the website.
“Esports is an exciting space and continues to be a growing priority for us,” said Dan Reed, Facebook’s head of global sports partnerships. “With over 1.6 billion people on the platform and a growing suite of VOD and live-streaming products that partners can use to increase engagement, Facebook is uniquely positioned to help eSports fans connect around exciting moments and great eSports content.”
Facebook has been actively trying to bring live-video partners to its service, in some cases paying media companies and celebs to broadcast on Facebook Live. It had been in talks with the NFL about carrying live Thursday night games next season before Twitter clinched the deal.