PLAYzone renews ESL Gaming broadcast partnership

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Czechia-based esports company PLAYzone has extended its partnership with esports tournament organiser ESL Gaming until 2024.

As a part of the deal, PLAYzone will have exclusive rights to broadcast ESL tournaments and leagues in Czechia and Slovakia. In addition, the two companies will work together on esports events.

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PLAYzone is one of the largest esports companies in Czechia and Slovakia. The company operates the PLAYzone arena esports venue, organises regional tournaments and works with clients from gaming and other industries. For example, telecommunications company Vodafone is a noted partner of PLAYzone and holds the naming rights for the PLAYzone arena.

According to PLAYzone, Vodafone is also going to be a partner for the regional broadcasts of ESL events until 2024.

In addition to the regional broadcasts, the two companies will continue collaborating on events. For example, the winner of the Tipsport CS:GO Bratislava tournament will be invited to the European qualifiers for Season 18 of the ESL Pro League (EPL). The winners of the Tipsport MČR CS:GO tournament will compete in the European qualifiers for EPL Season 19.

PLAYzone noted that the company has produced over 700 hours of localised broadcast for ESL events in 2022, and that it plans to expand the programme in 2023.

Richard Jakab, VP Media Right Sales at ESL FACEIT Group, commented: “We’re thrilled to extend our collaboration with PLAYzone and to continue fostering the region in which they’re active while also investing in the local distribution of some of the greatest esports content.

“It’s been an incredible journey since PLAYzone joined the ESL family about two years ago. We look forward to bringing more exciting action and memorable moments to the Czech and Slovakian CS:GO fans.”

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.