Twitter Inc. has announced that it is now streaming professional eSports on its service, and Canadians can take part.

eSports, also known as competitive video gaming or pro gaming, can involve multiplayer video game competitions, which fans watch online following the events as they unfold, live.

“Esports fans go to Twitter to see and talk about what is happening now in competitive gaming,” said Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer, in a statement.

“Gamers are one of the largest and most engaged audiences on Twitter, and we are thrilled to partner with Turner and WME I IMG to bring them the live content from ELEAGUE and Twitter commentary they are already looking for, all on one screen.”

According to, the global eSports industry is expected to grow by 43 per cent in 2016 to US$463 million and is expected to hit US$1.1 billion by 2019.

Last weekend, Twitter played host to its first live eSports event, streaming ELEAGUE’s semifinals and championship game online.

According to, Facebook struck a deal with Activision to stream MLG eSports events , and TBS also began broadcasting eLeague, this year.