Reliance will be venturing deeper into the lucrative commerce of mobile and online gaming with hosting an esports event called the JioMart Gameathon this month. The Free Fire tournament would be the first in a series of events that the company plans to hold, and it is marketing the initiative under its JioGames platform. To recall, JioGames used to be announced — in conjunction with JioFiber set-top box — at Reliance Jio’s 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGM) final year. While the app is still in its beta version, has over five million downloads on the Google Play store.
The Free Fire tournament will be held from October 30 to November 1 and will have a live broadcast via YouTube and also via JioTV, according to a make stronger page created for the tournament. The competition will have a prize pool of Rs. 25,000 with the winning team getting Rs. 16,000, followed by Rs. 12,000 for the runner-up, and Rs. 1,000 for the most valuable player. The money will be credited to the players’ JioMart wallet. This will be a mobile-only tournament, and tablets, triggers, emulators, etc. may not be allowed.
Registrations for JioMart Gameathon #GetSetGame are open October 26 to October 29 through the JioGames portal. It’s going to be a four-stage tournament starting with a qualifying stage on October 30 and 31, 11 am onwards. It’s going to be followed up with the quarter-finals from 11 am to 3 pm, semi-finals from 1 pm to 4 pm, and the grand finale from 5 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, October 31.
A complete of 576 teams will enter the qualifying stage divided between 48 lobbies and the top 2 teams from each and every foyer will make it to the quarter-finals. The 96 teams will then compete in 8 lobbies and the top three teams from each and every will reach the semi-finals. The 24 winning teams will battle in two lobbies in the semi-finals and six from each and every will advance to the finals. The grand finale will have a unmarried foyer and 3 maps will be played to declare the winners. The registration page has details approximately the scoring system, in-game and device settings, and general rules.
Reliance Jio has had an interest in gaming for a very long time now. In a televised sit-down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in February this year, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani had said that “gaming will be bigger than music, movies, and television put together”. Microsoft had also confirmed that it used to be partnering with Jio to cause Project xCloud to India. Reliance had also live-streamed a League of Legends World Championship on JioTV in 2018.
Gadgets 360 has also reached out to Reliance Jio to investigate approximately its future plans in esports and will update the copy on receiving more details.
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