Twitter is set to broadcast the ELEAGUE semifinals and grand finals live, starting later today.
This was the first time an eSports tournament will be aired in real time on the social media channel.
ELEAGUE had seen the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing for a $1.4 million prize pool since May 24, set to conclude this weekend. All eyes will now be on semi-finalists teams Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Virtus pro, and mousesports.
“Twitter is the native social platform for esports and this partnership provides our passionate fans with an additional opportunity to consume ELEAGUE content as we reach the pinnacle of our first season,” ELEAGUE General Manager Christina Alejandre said in a press release.
After Twitch and TBS (Friday Nights), Twitter is the third platform to stream the event. Twitter will also be mimicking the tournament’s live streaming from Twitch.
On the other hand, Prosieben Maxx, a German satellite channel has withdrawn from broadcasting the event following a recent gun violence incident in Munich.
ELEAGUE has been pulled from the broadcasting schedule of the channel after the incident that had happened last week, in which 18-year-old David Ali Sonboly killed nine people in Munich.
Violent video games had since been blamed by some commentators and politicians to be the cause of the tragedy.
Media outlets in the country had taken to describing Sonboly as a fan of “violent video games” including Counter-Strike: Source. Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian state crime office called Counter-Strike “a game played by nearly every known rampage killer.”
Germany also has a long history of censoring or even removing certain sections of games due to graphic content. In Counter-Strike, death animations were known to be modified so that characters simply give up rather than die.