Over the next two years, major ESL and Dreamhack tournaments will be streamed exclusively on Twitch
In a major move towards gaining more viewers, popular live streaming website Twitch has signed a deal with ESL and Dreamhack, to stream their largest gaming events over the next two years.
ESL and Dreamhack are known for their megagaming tournaments. As part of the merger, Twitch has exclusive rights over the three games Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Starcraft II, Warcraft III and other tournaments.
While fans and viewers will be able to watch these tournaments live on other platforms as well, the English streaming rights have been bought by Twitch.
Leading up to the next two years, Twitch will stream all tournaments non-exclusively for 2020. In 2021 and 2022, matters will change as Dreamhack and ESL tournaments will only be live streamed on Twitch.
Essentially, this merger marks a one of a kind media deal wherein a streaming website has partnered with two of the biggest third party game organizers. As of now, no financial details of this partnership have been revealed.
These exclusive rights give twitch the coverage rights over all tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour circuits for the three aforementioned games. This includes the ESL Pro League, ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, DreamHack Open, and ESL National Championships.
Apart from just that, Twitch coverage will help boost the appeal of these tournaments. This will be especially beneficial in bringing in new sponsors for such events.
At any rate, us fans have a lot to look forward to. Twitch is a platform that already has so much content, and it is great that we’re heading to get more.