Category Archives: Game Stream

Facebook Decides Against Thursday Night Football Bid

[Facebook] hasn’t shied away from expensive sports rights, and its lack of interest in the NFL Thursday package doesn’t indicate that it’s backing off, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The company has streamed live Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, college football and European soccer games in the past two years. It offered $600 million for the rights to an Indian cricket league, losing out to Fox, and has been boosting its budget for content, including live sports and original shows. – Scott Soshnick / Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg Technology

Four Disney-Managed YouTube Stars Launch Twitch Channels

The creators are part of the Disney Digital Network, as part of Disney’s absorption of multichannel network Maker Studios. Each will manage their own channels on Twitch, where they will broadcast live and create exclusive on-demand content. Most of the new and exclusive content will debut on Twitch beginning Thursday. – Todd Spangler, Variety

ESL signs exclusive streaming deal with Facebook for CS:GO, Dota 2 esports

ESL, the company behind some of the world’s biggest esports tournaments, announced today that Facebook will be the new, exclusive streaming home of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League and the ESL One Dota 2 and CS:GO tournament series. The deal will also include the creation of a new ESL show that highlights some of the biggest moments from that week’s Pro League and ESL One matches. – Austen Goslin, Polygon

Amazon set to bid for Premier League streaming rights

Should Amazon be successful, the Premier League (soccer) would be its biggest sporting deal, behind previous agreements to stream thursday night NFL matches and ATP tennis. However, with Sky and BT paying a combined £5.14 billion ($6.96 billion) for 168 live matches back in 2015, Amazon will likely need to spend big to acquire what it’s after. – Matt Brian, Engadget
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