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YouTube makes its biggest e-sports bet with FACEIT streaming deal

YouTube reveals their new paid subscription provision at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, California on October 21, 2015.

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YouTube is doubling down on the productive business of economical gaming, where players square off on virtual games for huge prize money in contests.

The Video company on Thursday made its biggest investment in the commercial to date, contracting a multi-year agreement with e-sports platform FACEIT to streamline its competitive gaming club, the Esports Championship Series (ECS).

E-sports have been flaunted as one of the resulting big things in live events, attracting some millions of viewers online. Traditional media businesses and big videogame originators are all demanding for a better part of the stakes.

FACEIT, one of the leading e-sports platforms in the world, joined with Amazon.com Inc’s Twitch previous year to takeoff ECS. The gaming site had flowed the league’s first two seasons past year.

“Currently that YouTube is certainly investing more on the live side; we sensed that it was a good chance to come together” Michele Attisani, the co-founder of FACEIT, declared Reuters.

Live video is turning out to be a highly competitive feature on social media platforms, with YouTube past month rolling out live streaming from mobile devices for customers with above 10,000 subscribers.

The 3rd season of the ECS, which consist gamers squaring off on “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”, will stream completely on YouTube beginning 25 March, London-based FACEIT declared.

“This is absolutely our largest investment in this space generally,” Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s lead of global gaming, content and partnerships, said in a meeting.

Fiscal terms of the deal were not revealed.

Revenue from e-sports is predictable to heave 41 percent to $696 million in the year 2017, rendering to investigation firm Newzoo.

The worldwide audience for e-sports is predictable to reach 385 million in 2017, from above 200 million in the year 2015.

YouTube will work with ECS troupes to aid to build audiences on their YouTube channels.

The ECS league will also deliver advertisers sponsorship packages on the video site, which has above billion users.

“I consider the big thing that e-sports need to do right now is to introduce e-sports to the crowds, so that we can endure to get larger brands tangled,” Wyatt said.

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