Multi-Year Partnership Begins with ECS Season Three
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FACEIT, the leading competitive gaming platform and creators of the
Esports Championship Series (ECS), and YouTube, announce today a
multi-year partnership to make YouTube the exclusive online home for the
groundbreaking competition. ECS, which features Valve’s massively
popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, will stream exclusively on
YouTube starting on the 25th of March with the ECS Promotion matches.
Fans of ECS and esports can find all the action live on the new ECS
YouTube channel: youtube.com/faceit.
The partnership between FACEIT and YouTube offers fans of competitive
gaming a distinct opportunity to enjoy their favorite esport like never
before. With YouTube’s unique features and advanced video technology,
and FACEIT’s world class competitive gaming platform, users will see key
features including high bitrate 1080p 60fps live video, instant playback
to relive those unforgettable moments, and advanced future integrations
that will be unveiled within both the YouTube video platform and the
FACEIT competitive gaming platform. Additionally, YouTube will actively
work with ECS league players to provide guidance to maximize engagement
on their YouTube channels and build their audiences.
”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 for us to call our new home for the Esports Championship Series.”
By offering live streaming in addition to existing video-on-demand
content, YouTube is burnishing its role as the central hub of esports
content. And advertisers will be able to tap into the growing ecosystem
of esports through new sponsorship packages of the league on YouTube.
“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,” said Ryan
Wyatt, Global Head of Gaming Content at YouTube. “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.”
FACEIT is the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games,
with more than 6 million users logging in a total of over 12 million
online game sessions each month. FACEIT allows players to easily play in
tournaments and leagues for virtual and real-world prizes through
automated tournament management and matchmaking technology. For
developers, FACEIT’s advanced software development kit (SDK) allows game
creators to easily integrate user-friendly matchmaking and tournaments
into their titles to allow gamers to take part in competitive online
games at all skill levels. esports organizers, players and communities
use FACEIT to create and manage online competitions. For more
information on FACEIT, please visit www.faceit.com.
Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover,
watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for
people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts
as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers
large and small.