The accelerating growth and huge size of Esports is something big names can’t ignore anymore. Companies like ESPN, Amazon and several more got into this unexplored territory in one form or the other these past few months, and it looks like social media giant Facebook wants its share as well using the Live feature.
Facebook has shown interest in professional gaming, namely by partnering with publishers like Activision Blizzard to bring daily content to Facebook Live, and now it’s doubling down on it. The website is said to have recently held “extensive” talks with Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind mobile eSport title Vainglory, to stream professional matches on its platform. That said, Kristian Segerstrale, Super Evil Megacorp’s chief operating officer, told The Information a deal isn’t set in stone yet. The report also claims that, per sources familiar with the situation, Facebook is in active conversations with Activision to acquire streaming rights to more eSport competitions.
Facebook Live released earlier last year with the premise of a video platform to rival Twitch and Youtube. Whether it’ll succeed or not is something we will have to wait and see as it’s still in early stages.