Facebook has announced that they will be cashing in on the video game streaming world. With the success of other streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer, it was only a matter of time before other big names like Facebook took a slice.
Streaming on Facebook’s platform will be like other popular sites, where streamers can earn money from generous tips made by viewers. Facebook will take a part of these profits to both gain their own revenue and keep the program running, but just how much this will be is still in the works. However, with over 470 million gamers around the world streaming on various platforms, one can assume that Facebook will have plenty of return if successful.
Facebook has already made deals with both the World Esports Association (WESA) and ESL One to stream upcoming tournaments. Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner at WESA, believes the merger with Facebook is “an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of sports media consumption.”
Creating a channel for gamers to watch other gamers is always risky, especially with big named competitors like Twitch in the mix. However, Facebook seems adamant their plans will come to fruition. Do gamers really need another outlet for streaming, though? Will they move to a more mainstream site like Facebook for their game-watching pleasure, or just remain on their current platforms? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the gaming world is evolving, and no one knows where it will go.