DouYu secures Chinese streaming rights to ESL Pro Tour competitions

Esports organisations ESL and DreamHack have agreed a rights deal with Chinese streaming platform DouYu.

The pair have signed a contract through which the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II and WarCraft III will be live streamed exclusively on DouYu in 2020 and 2021, covering standard Mandarin and other Chinese languages and dialects.

As part of the deal, DouYu has gained the exclusive rights to broadcast the Pro Tours for StarCraft II and WarCraft III live and on-demand via digital media.

The agreement between both parties also provides exposure for ESL and DreamHack sponsors in the Chinese market. DouYu has recorded over 158 million monthly active users this year.

Chinese video sharing and online-gaming platform Bilibili yesterday (Monday) agreed a wide-ranging three-year contract with US video games developer and esports event organiser Riot Games.

The deal grants Bilibili a three-year exclusive license for live broadcasting of League of Legends (LoL) esports global events in Chinese, including the League of Legends World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational, and All-Star Event in China. The contract will run up until the 2023 Mid-Season Invitational.