Reliance Jio Ventures Into Esports With Free Fire Tournament
Reliance will delve deeper into the lucrative business of mobile and online games by hosting an esports event called JioMart Gameathon this month. The Free Fire tournament will be the first in a series of events the company plans to hold, and it is marketing the initiative under its JioGames platform. To recall, JioGames was announced, along with the JioFiber set-top box, at the Reliance Jio 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) last year. Although the application is still in its beta version, it has more than five million downloads on the Google Play store.
the Free fire The tournament will take place from October 30 to November 1 and will have a live broadcast via Youtube and also via JioTV, according to a Support 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 no tablets, triggers, emulators, etc. will be allowed.
Registration for JioMart Gameathon #GetSetGame is open from October 26 to 29 through the JioGames Portal. It will be a four-stage tournament that will begin with a qualifying stage on October 30 and 31, at 11 am onwards. It will be followed by the quarterfinals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the semi-finals from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the grand final from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.
A total of 576 teams will enter the qualification stage divided among 48 lobbies and the top 2 teams from each lobby will reach the quarterfinals. The 96 teams will compete in 8 lobbies and the top three teams from each will reach the semi-finals. The 24 winning teams will fight in two lobbies in the semifinals and six of each will advance to the final. The grand finale will have a single lobby and 3 maps will be played to declare the winners. The registration page has details on the scoring system, device and game settings, and general rules.
Dependence Jio has had an interest in games for a long time. In a televised meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in February this year, Dependence President Mukesh Ambani had said that “games will be bigger than music, movies and television put together.” Microsoft too confirmed who was partnering with Jio to bring XCloud project India. The dependency had also broadcast live a League of Legends World Championship on JioTV in 2018.