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Facebook sprints into live-streaming Sports

Facebook may be big, but that doesn’t mean its forgotten how to work out.

The social network has signed a new deal that will see thousands of hours of esports events coming to a News Feed near you, really soon.

Let’s get physical

The partnership with esports giant ESL Gaming will reportedly bring over 5500 hours of sports, and 1500 hours of original programming to Facebook.

The move comes as Facebook has announced partnerships to live stream everything from soccer to NFL games.

Twitchy fingers

The partnership puts Facebook into competition with Twitter, which has long-established esports deals, and Amazon-owned Twitch. Yet Facebook has a way to go when it comes to esports.

Twitch now has over 100 million users who streamed 800 million hours of esports in less than a year. Indeed, Twitch accounts for close to three-quarters of the global esports market.

And a growing market it is. Esports netted US$493 million in revenue in 2016. That figure is expected to increase by 41.3% this year.

Stay tuned to see if Facebook can up its game and score from the new deal.

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