The OWL kicks off, and ESL partner with Facebook in landmark deal: Weekly Recap

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The OWL kicks off, and ESL partner with Facebook in landmark deal: Weekly Recap

We break down the news as the OWL commences and ESL partner with Facebook, in the first edition of Cybersport's Weekly Recap. This new series will cover the latest headlines every week, with a Weekend Recap following on every Monday. Let's dive straight in!

ESL and Facebook agree on broadcast exclusivity for two of organizer’s largest circuits

Photo by: ESL
Photo by: ESL

Social media giant Facebook and esports organizer ESL have agreed on exclusive broadcasting rights for some of ESL’s biggest tournaments.

Both the CS:GO Pro League and the ESL One circuit (which covers both CS:GO and Dota 2) will be streamed on the platform in question alone, starting with ESL One Genting for Dota 2, Jan. 23-28, and the CS:GO Pro League Season 7, beginning Feb. 13. Here's more information the deal. 

Photo by Blizzard
Photo by Blizzard

Our OWL power rankings heading into week 2

The first week of OWL league is done, and hierarchy of power has begun to emerge. Here's our read on which teams look strongest heading into week 2. Read more



Photo by: DreamHack | Adela Sznajder
Photo by: DreamHack | Adela Sznajder

Vince Hill on the beauty of play-by-play: "It's almost like music in a sense."

In this candid interview, Vince Hill described his infatuation with play-by-play casting, and explained why he left League of Legends for CS:GO, as well as revealing what keeps him away from doing more YouTube content. Read more


Photo by Riot Games
Photo by Riot Games

EU LCS starts this Friday — and this is how and what you should watch

With the EU LCS teams lining up and ready to do battle, we take a very quick look at the expectations of each team heading into week one of the LCS. Read more

In other news:

League of Legends
LCS Finals heading to the land of the Vikings! 
Denmark plays host to EU LCS finals
Grassroots spread as amateur leagues sprout from within Europe Ireland steps up

Who will make the top 8 cut? Previewing the ELEAGUE Major group stage 
Will the status quo hold?
ESL reveal the seven invited teams at IEM Katowice 2018 LAN finals Seven entrants revealed

Dota 2
How Secret came back vs. Vici Gaming in the best game of Captain's Draft 4.0 
CD Analysis
Fnatic reveal the events that led to Ohaiyo replacement UNiVeRse's transfer saga continues

Fleta leads our OWL MVP rankings for week 1 Check who made our top 3 OWL players
Overwatch League announces Toyota partnership Details of an eye-grabbing sponsorship

And more...
PUBG Invitational announced for IEM Katowice 
A $50,000 PUBG tournament is coming to Poland
ASUS invests $16 million in Chinese esports The technology giant goes all-in on Chinese esports
CIS telecoms giant MTS buys out Gambit Esports for undisclosed fee Info on a historic CIS deal

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