Date
14 August 2018
Facebook is introducing a program that will allow designers to livestream their games on the social network. Photo: Reuters/Internet
Facebook is introducing a program that will allow designers to livestream their games on the social network. Photo: Reuters/Internet

Facebook launching program to lure gaming creators

Facebook said it is introducing a program aimed at luring gaming creators.

The pilot program allows designers to livestream their games with a resolution of 1080p (high-definition video) and a display format of 60 frames per second on the social network, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The social network giant has been actively enlisting e-sports livestreamers in its network. It cited the Facebook page of a livestreamer called StoneMountain64, “one of the most popular livestreamers on Facebook, bringing his community closer together around daily livestreams of PUBG, Fortnite and more”.

To allow users to pay fees to the gaming hosts, Facebook plans to introduce a rewards function, through which users can reward the host by paying a fee starting at US$3 (around HK$23.4) per use. There is also a unique emoticon that the host can use to thank the user for the reward.

The function can be accessed initially through PC and laptops.

Facebook also signed a deal with e-sports giant ESL to obtain the exclusive broadcasting rights to the latter’s top program, the CS:GO Pro League Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, Adweek reported.

Season No. 7 of the CS:GO Pro League kicks off on Feb. 13. The deal covers four seasons, or until December 2019.

The competition was streamed in English and Portuguese on Facebook Live.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 30

Translation by Jonathan Chong

[Chinese version 中文版]

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