Mobile eSports Gaming Isn’t Going Anywhere
Amazon is bringing back Champions of Fire this year, an eSports tournament focused on competitive but casual mobile games. Last year’s event was a big success for Amazon (as was Mobile Masters last month) so it isn’t too surprising to see it pop up again in 2017. This time, however, they’re going bigger.
On December 2nd and 3rd at the Time Inc. Studios in New York City, 12 of the world’s most popular gaming celebrities like Swiftor, NampaiKid, and MystIc7 will compete against each other in top casual mobile games like Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Beach Buggy Racing and the upcoming Sonic Forces: Speed Battle. The prize pool is a cool $50,000 and the entire event will be broadcast live on Amazon’s Appstore’s Twitch channel. It will also air at a later time nationwide on the CBS Sports Network.
Below is the list of participating games with more to come:
- Beach Buggy Racing
- Beat Fever
- Cooking Craze
- Disney Crossy Road
- Minion Rush
- Flappy Bird Family
- Pac-Man 256
- Real Racing 3
- Sonic Forces: Speed Battle (Coming Soon)
And here are the celebrity gamers competing:
- Naomi Kyle
Champions of Fire is unique in that it encourages anyone, no matter their gaming experience, to take part in competitive gaming events. Amazon’s philosophy is that eSports can involve any type of game, regardless of platform. Because mobile games have a shorter learning curve, tournaments surrounding them are fun to watch and viewers can understand what’s going on even if they aren’t gamers.
While hardcore gamers may scoff at mobile games being part of the eSports culture, it appears to be gaining a lot of traction in the last couple years. You can read about last month’s Mobile Masters competition here which featured tournaments on three mobile games: World of Tanks Blitz, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, and Vainglory.
SOURCE: Press Release