ESL Pro League's fifth season will reportedly be streamed exclusively on ESL's official YouTube channel instead of Twitch, according a report from Slingshot Esports' Jarek "DeKay" Lewis.
Citing anonymous sources, DeKay says that the move is the result of a partnership between the World Esports Association and YouTube. WESA is a partnership between ESL and seven European CS:GO teams including Fnatic, G2 Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
On Thursday, independent journalist Richard Lewis reported that WESA would enforce league exclusivity on EPL teams beginning in 2018. The association later released a statement stating no decisions have been made on league exclusivity beyond 2017, but that teams would not be allowed to play in other leagues on the days of their EPL matches in 2017. Lewis has since made a tweet in which he claims to have sources that support DeKay's claims regarding YouTube Gaming.
The report comes on the heels of a vote by North American players to remain in EPL instead of participating in the Professional eSports Association's league. It is unknown if players were aware of WESA's alleged partnership with YouTube when they voted.
As a result of the vote, PEA decided they would suspend their plans to hold a CS:GO league, stating that there isn't "sufficient financial support in the ecosystem" for another major online league in the CS:GO ecosystem.
theScore esports has reached out to WESA, ESL and YouTube Gaming for comment.
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