Amazon does it again! Amazon announces that it will continue to invest in eSports and the structure of making competitive gaming grow even further. Amazon will sponsor a tournament to expand the experience of casual games into a more competitive environment.
The tech giant announced the Champions on Fire Invitational. The tournament is a new experience for gamers playing games on their smartphone and will be hosted via the Amazon Appstore.
On December 2 in Las Vegas, 16 top gaming celebrities will play five popular casual mobile games and compete for the chance to win $100,000.
The event will be live-streamed on Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, and Amazon Fire TV, Amazon.com, and other social media websites. CBS Sports Network will air the two-hour highlights TV show on December 12.
The single elimination tournament will feature the following games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool, and the all new Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition. The grand prize of each game is $30,000.
“Competitive video gaming has seen huge growth, and we see tremendous customer value in expanding the tournament experience to include the casual mobile games played by millions of people today,” Amazon Appstore Director Aaron Rubenson said in a statement. “The Champions of Fire Invitational will see some of the top gaming pros square off in the same fun games our customers can download and enjoy today from the Amazon Appstore.”
Amazon was heavily involved as a sponsor of previous eSports mobile tournaments, and this is the first time that Amazon will host the tournament. The move represents Amazon’s dedication and commitment to the eSports industry as we know it.
Since the acquisition of Twitch, Amazon has been heavily involved in the gaming industry, and recently acquired gaming content platform Curse. The ecosystem that Amazon is creating provides a “sandbox of innovation” with Twitch, AWS, Curse, and Lumberyard.
Twitch recently launched Twitch Prime in order to cater to the gamers to receive discounts on game pre-orders, new releases, rotating selection of free digital titles, in game bonuses, ad-free Twitch, and a free monthly Twitch channel subscription of choice.