ESL and DreamHack to Stream Events Exclusively on Twitch for 2021-22

The ESL Pro Tour will be streamed exclusively on Twitch for the next three years.
The ESL Pro Tour will be streamed exclusively on Twitch for the next three years. | Photo by MTG

DreamHack and ESL announced Tuesday a three-year exclusive streaming partnership deal with Twitch.

The deal means notable events like ESL One Cologne, IEM Katowice and DreamHack Masters events will be streamed on Twitch.

"The deal announcement confirms Twitch as the global digital media partner of major ESL and DreamHack competitions on a non-exclusive basis in 2020, before acquiring exclusivity of English language digital live streaming of major events in 2021 and 2022. As part of the deal, all tournaments streamed in English within ESL Pro Tour for CS:GO and StarCraft II & Warcraft III, including the ESL Pro League, ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, DreamHack Open, ESL National Championships, will be exclusively on Twitch in 2021 and 2022," the press release read.

“This partnership is a milestone for DreamHack, both as a company and community. Our cooperation with Twitch dates back to 2009 when it was still — this new collective media partnership is re-confirming our long-standing collaboration and highlights the importance and relevance Twitch has to our community, as well as the value the ESL/DreamHack esports content brings to the global Twitch audience," DreamHack Co-CEO Roger Lodewick said in the press release.

There was a disclaimer listed at the end of the press release regarding 2022. According to the release, "some exceptions apply with regard to certain areas of the world and the digital platforms of linear television broadcast partners.