I sympathize with everyone who is afraid of viewership taking a big hit when moving platforms, it shows they care a lot about the continued success of their games. Trust me when I say that we would not have made any switches if we didn't believe it could drive more viewership.
— Ulrich Schulze (@theflyingdj) January 19, 2018
ESL Vice President genuinely believed that the Facebook deal would actually drive viewership numbers high. Facebook is the latest entrant into live streaming and they have had problems trying to convince gamers to enter facebook to watch matches. ESL One Genting saw just around 500-600 viewers in total and that is an abysmal number overall.