Facebook wants to get more involved in eSports

Amazon, ESPN, and others paved a path that Facebook wants to follow.


Update: November 4, 5:00pm Pacific

A PR representative reached out to Shacknews to correct a piece of misinformation published in this story's source. A statement follows:

"There was an inaccuracy in The Information's original report, which has since been corrected, saying that Super Evil Megacorp is currently in talks with Facebook. That is, in fact, not true, as Super Evil is exclusive partners with Twitch for esports broadcasting. While Super Evil finds Facebook an interesting emerging streaming platform for other forms of broadcasting like community tournaments, dev streams, short-form content, etc., it's incorrect to say Super Evil and Facebook are currently in discussions."

Original story, with corrections

A report by The Information suggests that Facebook is eyeing eSports as the next digital frontier it wants to conquer (via Engadget).

Facebook is also courting Activision to acquire the rights to host other eSports tournaments and events.

The social media giant launched Facebook Live in 2015, and has been taking steps to grow its presence in events related to streaming games. Facebook and Activision Blizzard already host regular content; broadcasting eSports, a frontier explored by ESPN and Amazon, seems the next logical step.

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