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Gfinity Signs Exclusive Streaming Deal With Facebook

The deal will begin with the Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 in the UK.

Today, Gfinity announced that they will be streaming broadcasts of the Gfinity Elite Series exclusively on Facebook for all of 2018. The streaming partnership will begin with Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 in the UK, which will consist of live tournament action for eight weeks. Besides the tournament action, Gfinity will also be creating content that will include behind the scenes programming with teams and players, match highlights and guest appearances from outside the esports world. One of these guests will be professional football player Adebayo "The Beast" Akinfenwa who will be hosting a magazine style show called Game-On FIFA 18

Alongside FIFA 18, Rocket League and Street Fighter V will also be joining the Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 list of esports titles being competed in. UNILAD Esports, Hashtag United, Fnatic, ARES, Nordavind and Team Vitality are currently the six teams that have joined the tournament. The teams will be split into two groups where the top three will advance to the knock-out stage to fight for the lion's share of the $200,000 prize pool. 

Gfinity CEO Neville Upton had this to say about the partnership in the official press release. "Facebook is a leading global brand with over 2 billion people on the platform and this partnership brings to life their commitment to drive innovation and engagement in esports with their huge gaming community.  This pioneering deal will enable us to accelerate our plans for growth into new markets to reach our Gfinity World Series goal."

The official schedule for Gfinity Elite Series Season 3. (Source: Gfinity)
The official schedule for Gfinity Elite Series Season 3. (Source: Gfinity)

"The Gfinity Elite Series has quickly established itself as one of the leading productions and innovative leagues in esports globally.  We are excited to welcome the Gfinity team and support them in their international expansion to build one of the most dynamic and exciting esports leagues in the world," Said Patrick Chapman, manager of esports partnerships at Facebook.

Facebook is making major moves in driving esports content and fans to their platform, as exclusive streaming deals with the Electronic Sports League (ESL) and the H1Z1 Pro League have already been confirmed. Adding Gfinity to its stockpile of exclusive esports content, Facebook is looking to knock Twitch off of their throne as the premiere streaming platform for esports.

(cover photo courtesy of Gfinity)

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