Esports organiser ESL FACEIT Group (EFG) has launched a new esports streaming platform designed to offer a unique streaming experience tailored to the user.

Designed in collaboration with OTT tech developer Znipe Esports, the FACEIT Watch streaming platform is freely available for anyone to access.

FACEIT Watch was rolled out for IEM Katowice - credit Helena Kristiansson

FACEIT Watch was rolled out for IEM Katowice

Source: Helena Kristiansson

Featuring a unique multi-perspective view selector, where users can watch the player’s perspective directly next to the main event stream, it enables esports fans to pause and rewind, with access to kill-cams and live-generated replays of key moments. Users can also adjust the volume of caster and multi-perspective sounds, as well as disable spoilers, letting them personalise how they engage with the content.

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Earlier this year, FACEIT announced its collaboration with Call of Duty 2024 Challengers Season and partnership with Overwatch, which aims to grow the community of competitive gamers and fans on its platform.

Warren Leigh, Senior Vice President of Product, Digital Platforms, ESL FACEIT Group, said: “Our mission at EFG is to create worlds beyond gameplay. FACEIT Watch represents a new chapter for the platform as it moves beyond the ultimate competitive environment to play and provides players with multiple ways to engage with their favourite games. On the FACEIT platform, we’ve had unparalleled insight into the needs and nuances of this community for over a decade, and, together with Znipe Esports, we’ve designed FACEIT Watch to meet them. We look forward to hearing their feedback after Katowice and continuing to develop and optimise Watch with them.”

Johan Ryman, CEO, Znipe Esports, added: “We are honoured and excited about being a part of this initiative from EFG and their commitment towards the esports community and looking forward to our combined efforts to create best-in-class esports streaming.”

FACEIT Watch was rolled out for EFG’s flagship event, IEM Katowice, which took place from 9-11 February and saw the world’s best Counter-Strike 2 teams battle it out for a share of a $1m prize pool.

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